Dakota Access protesters pack Portland streets

Second protest in Portland in recent weeks over the Dakota pipeline

Protesters against the Dakota Access pipeline pack the sidewalks in NE Portland near the US Army Corps of Engineers building, Nov. 15, 2016 (KOIN)
Protesters against the Dakota Access pipeline pack the sidewalks in NE Portland near the US Army Corps of Engineers building, Nov. 15, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Dakota Access Pipeline was the center of demonstrations across the nation Tuesday, including here in Portland.

A large group, possibly in the hundreds, packed the sidewalk outside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland in solidarity with protesters standing up against the oil pipeline project.

This is the second similar protest outside the Army Corps of Engineers office in Northeast Portland. Another protest on Halloween targeted the same building because, as one protester said, “if it wasn’t for them, the Dakota Access Pipeline would not have gotten the green light” to build from North Dakota to Illinois.

Protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrate near Portland's waterfront, November 15, 2016. (KOIN)
Protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrate near Portland’s waterfront, November 15, 2016. (KOIN)

“The issues that are affecting the Standing Rock Sioux will affect us all as Americans,” protester Meg Townsend said. “This is very important.”

On Monday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a statement saying more discussion and analysis is needed before construction can move forward.

The multi-billion dollar pipeline would run across 4 states including North Dakota, which has been the epicenter of months-long protests and confrontations with police.

Senator Ron Wyden wrote a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, asking him to maintain the suspension of the pipeline project for a number of reasons.

Local demonstrators resurfaced later in the evening and moved to waterfront park.

The protest delayed all TriMet service in the downtown area.