Actor Mark Ruffalo Joins Activists in ND to Protest Dakota Access Pipeline

Written by on October 27, 2016 in Activism, Conscious Living with 1 Comment
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By Amanda Froelich | True Activist

Mark Ruffalo is one the movie industry’s most outspoken advocates on environmental issues. In addition to confronting Monsanto’s CEO and declaring that the biotech company is poisoning people, the activist co-founded The Solutions Project, which promotes clean and renewable energy.

After arriving in North Dakota on Tuesday to support the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s opposition to the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline, Ruffalo immediately began bringing more attention to the issue with his celebrity. Not only did he donate a pair of Navajo-made solar trailers which will help power the encampments established to protest the pipeline, he shared live feed from the Standing Rock Panel which has so far garnered almost 270,000 views.

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He continues to raise awareness about the pipeline which the Standing Rock Sioux, other tribes and environmental groups say could threaten water supplies for millions, as it runs through the Missouri River. The Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners says the pipeline has numerous safeguards, but thousands disagree and are protesting its construction because the project is likely to endanger the land as well as cause harm to sacred sites and artifacts.

After 127 activists were arrested last weekend, the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline said that protestors who have camped are trespassing and that ‘‘lawless behavior will not be tolerated.’’ On Monday, the company responsible for the DAPL’s construction announced that it wants all protestors to vacate the land immediately. The statement said:

“Alternatively and in coordination with local law enforcement and county/state officials, all trespassers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and removed from the land.”

Activists have no intent of leaving, however. In fact, advocates for the environment and indigenous rights continue to pour into North Dakota. Already, 200 tribes have gathered to support the Standing Sioux Tribe. Until the 1,172-mile long pipeline is scrapped, they say, no one is budging. As The Boston Globe points out, tribal leaders maintain that they never ceded the land which was sold by a rancher to Energy Transfer Partners. They say it rightfully belongs to Native Americans under a more than century-old treaty.

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Thanks to the efforts of Shailene Woodley, Mark Ruffalo, and countless others, the cause is finally beginning to receive the attention it deserves. According to Ruffalo, Leonardo DiCaprio is likely to arrive sometime this week in North Dakota, as well. The presence of these A-list celebrities will undoubtedly help draw more attention to the issue.

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  1.' Cherie Ann Nelson ( greatgranddaughter of KIVA daughter of chief of Sioux nation on the Reservation. says:

    I am from the tribe that is,on the Rosebud Reservation! I am very concerned about my people on th,reservation and the possible damage this may do to the environment. I lived downstream for years on the Missouri River on Missouri side of river between Atchison Ks,,and Leavenworth Kansas. Saw many pollution events during those years and could feel my ancestors and the worry over the future on the reservation and everything downstream as well that will effect millions of innocent people,most who are not of Indian decent but have just as much right to be assured of non polluted water from upstream. More attention should be paid to this and stopping it from being so near to such an important supply of water for so many people downstream and the pollution possible to our oceans,as,well. I agree with my people it should not process until every possible safety issue has been resolved. This is important to all the people not just the Indians. Way to important to sweep under the carpet or into the river!. More investigation into safety needs to be done.

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