Protesters hang banner during NFL game to
protest North Dakota pipeline
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[January 02, 2017]
(Reuters) - Two protesters dangling
from a ceiling support at Minneapolis' U.S. Bank Stadium unfurled a
banner criticizing the Dakota Access Pipeline during a National Football
League game on Sunday between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears,
The banner urged Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank <USB.N> to divest from the
$3.8 billion pipeline crossing four states. Construction in North Dakota
prompted protests by Native Americans and environmentalists who say the
project will harm water resources and sacred lands. The federal
government ruled in December against that stretch of the project.
The two protesters, a man and a woman, climbed down after the game ended
and were arrested, police said in a statement. After undergoing medical
evaluations, the pair were jailed on burglary and trespassing charges.
Another woman was charged with obstructing the legal process and also
booked into jail, police said.
The protesters climbed to the top of the stadium and hung a banner
reading: "DIVEST" in big letters as well as "#NoDAPL," according to
Play was not interrupted during the game, won by the Vikings 38-10, but
police said a section of seats below the banner was cleared as a
Five demonstrators were arrested last week in the first protests since
the federal government decided against the project.
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Two protestors rappel from the rafters with a banner against the
Dakota Pipeline during the second quarter during a game between the
Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory
Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Opposition to the pipeline has been backed by military veterans,
celebrities and actors, including Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley and
Energy Transfer Partners LP <ETP.N>, which is building the pipeline,
has gone to federal court for a permit to finish the job. It has
said it is committed to seeing the project completed without
rerouting the line.
The company has said the 1,172-mile (1,885-km) pipeline, which is
nearly finished, would be a more efficient and safer means to
transport oil from the Bakken shale of North Dakota.
(Reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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