San Diegans join nationwide protest against Dakota Access Pipeline

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SAN DIEGO -- As part of a national protest, San Diegans joined in rallying against the Dakota Access Pipeline Tuesday.

The protest took place outside the Army Corps of Engineers office from 11 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m.

Well over a hundred demonstrators were calling on the Army Corps to stop the Dakota Pipeline, even filling out postcards to have hand delivered to their office.

“You can’t drink oil, keep it in the soil,” cried out several protesters as cars passed by on Aero Drive.

From shouting chants to honking and tribal music, protesters gathered with a variety of messages to peacefully get their message across. The demonstration is part of a National Day of Action happening in over 300 other events with the Native American Water Protectors in Standing Rock.

If the pipeline is completed, it would carry 470,000 barrels of cured oil a day from North Dakota to Illinois. Proponents say the project could be an economic boost for the region and potentially change the landscape of the U.S. crude oil supply.

Demonstrators say they worry of environmental disaster that would destroy sacred Native American Sites.

“This access does not protect life, water protects life. This is important for all of our families and generations to come to stop this,” said Jennifer Clay, a protester with the Chotcaw Nation of Oklahoma.

FOX 5 reached out to Army Corps of Engineers for comment, but had not heard back as of Tuesday afternoon.

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