By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On January 1, 2017 at 2:57 pm EST
Two fans have decided to interrupt the Minnesota Vikings game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Instead of rushing onto the field, like others have done, they decided to hang a banner while the game with the Chicago Bears is going on.
The banner is reportedly in protest of U.S. Bank, which has the naming rights to the stadium. The protestors do not like that the bank is helping the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is an approved crude oil pipeline in the northern states.
According to St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Brian Murphy, the two climbed over a guardrail to access the truss. However, there’s no word on how they got the 10X40-foot banner and climbing gear into the stands.
“We immediately dispatched on-site Minneapolis police and fire departments to the scene and cleared the seating section below,” the US Bank Stadium Commission said in a statement. “We are working with all stadium partners, and our primary focus is on the safety of the fans and these two individuals. Officials are actively working to get them down safely. We will continue to update media on the situation.”
The Dakota Access Pipeline, which is also known as the Bakken pipeline, is a 1,172-mile-long underground oil pipeline project in the US. The pipeline is under construction by Dakota Access, LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners L.P. The project is for Phillips 66, Enbridge and Marathon Petroleum.
The project was scheduled to begin today, Jan. 1, 2017. In Nov., it was reportedly 87% done.
It is a $3.78 million project that was announced on June 25, 2014. In Aug. 2016, ReZpect Our Water, a group that was organized by the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, had a petition brought to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C.
There was protests in North Dakota at the site of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation that has draw international attention. Thousands of people protests the pipeline construction.
On Dec. 4, 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers announced they denied the easement through Lake Oahe and would begin “undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes.”
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