NEW HAVEN — Over 50 people marched onto an active pipeline construction site in New Haven this morning to halt the construction of the Fracked Gas Pipeline in solidarity with ongoing indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
“I stand with our sisters and brothers at Standing Rock,” said Abenaki elder Carol Irons. “Turtle Island is under siege from the energy empire. The courage and warrior discipline demonstrated now by Lakota people is an example to us all,” Irons said.
The Dakota Access Pipeline would threaten the drinking water of over 8 million people as well as destroy land and sacred sites across Lakota Territories. Resistance to this pipeline has united thousands of indigenous people and their allies at a historic protest encampment on Standing Rock Sioux territory in North Dakota.
Both the Vermont Fracked Gas Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline are tied to multinational oil company Enbridge and both pipelines are being constructed by the same on-the-ground contractor, Michels Inc.
“Our water, air, and soil have been assaulted by Vermont Gas and the Michels crew building this fracked gas pipeline,” said Monkton resident Jane Palmer. “We can’t ignore the destruction that is happening here in Addison County and it is not okay for us to ignore the same destruction in Standing Rock or anywhere else in the world where water and land and air is forsaken by the fossil fuel industry,” concluded Palmer.
Protesters also spoke out against the connection between colonization and ongoing destruction of land and water by the fossil fuel industry.
“Material wealth is their god, environmental destruction is their creed, local peoples are their victims,” said Irons. “The land and web of life nurture all of us. Those who are awake in these times must join those who revolt.”