Demonstration in Norfolk protests Dakota Access Pipeline

(Photo: U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District)
(Photo: U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Protesters gathered Tuesday in Norfolk in a show of opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The peaceful demonstration was held in front of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers building in Ghent. Protesters were there for about an hour.

Protesters in Norfolk support opposition to Dakota Access Pipeline

The company building the $3.8 billion pipeline has asked for a federal court’s permission to lay pipe under the Missouri River. The Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation fears the pipeline would contaminate the river. Two tribal chairmen claim the federal government has failed to protect them.

The U.S. Army launched a review in September on the project. The Army is now calling for more input from the Standing Rock Sioux before it decides whether or not to allow the pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe.

Read a full statement from the Army about the pipeline here.