Protesters march against North Dakota Pipeline in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The fight against a massive pipeline that would go through mid-America has now come here to the Capital Region.

Dozens met in downtown Albany on Tuesday to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The pipeline would span across four states, be 12,000 miles long, and cost $3.8 billion.

Protestors say it would disrupt the water source for the Standing Rock Tribe and that’s why people in Albany are taking a stand.

“There is the place where the struggle is happening. That’s the forefront and we can’t be in North Dakota right now, but we’re in solidarity,” Russell Ziemba, from Troy, said.

Ziemba says it’s important to him to take a stand for clean water everywhere.

“Water is life, and we have to protect it everywhere. This is an iconic struggle right now in Standing Rock.”

Ziemba held a sign that said “protect the sacred water” along with fellow protestor Gianna Enzine.

“We’re one earth, we’re one planet and water is universal. It’s a human right,” Enzine, of Mechanicville, said.

Enzine says she knows the impact of contaminated water.

“I grew up along the Hudson River. I could never swim in it. I could never take my dog there.”

That’s part of the reason she wanted to make her voice heard.

“For the Hudson River, for Flint, Michigan, for North Dakota, and for the world.”

Enzine, Ziemba, and others taking the protest to TD Bank on State Street, one of the financers of the pipeline and are willing to take any steps necessary to make sure the pipeline is stopped.

“I closed my account today at TD and opened an account with a local credit union because they don’t support they don’t invest in things like oil pipelines.”

TD Bank issued this statement:

“TD supports responsible energy development. We employ due diligence in our lending and investing activities relating to energy production, and we work with our customers, community and environment groups, and energy clients to better understand key issues of concern, and to promote informed dialogue. We also respect the rights of people to voice their opinions and protest in a peaceful way.”

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