GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A controversial pipeline project in North Dakota prompted a protest outside a TD Bank branch in Greenfield on Tuesday. The protesters want banks to stop financing the $3.8 billion dollar Dakota Access Pipeline. 17 banks have provided loans for the project.
Five protesters handed out flyers outside the TD Bank branch on Main Street in Greenfield around Noon. Their signs called for a boycott of TD Bank, and support for Standing Rock. They maintain that the Dakota Access Pipeline project passes through part of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, whose members have protested against consrtuction for months.
Protester Rema Lobe told 22News “I want to see this bank and all the other banks divest from their investments with the Dakota Access Pipeline.” Lobe added that they plan to continue these protests in Greenfield twice a week.
According to the project’s website, their pipeline crosses almost entirely private land and does not cross the reservation. Supporters of the project said it’s the safest way to transport crude oil from domestic wells to American consumers.
This is not the first time that local TD bank branches have been targeted by protests. Four people were arrested they chained themselves to the entrance of the TD Bank branch on Triangle Street in Amherst on December 16. The same branch had been picketed earlier in the month, while a “Teach In” event was held outside the TD Bank branch in downtown Northampton.