Protesters Rally Against Petition They Say Will Expand The Dakota Access Pipeline Footprint


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Protestors organized Friday dowtown with demands to the Governor concerning the footprint of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Illinois.

The initial hearing is still pending in a joint petition to install additional pumping stations and pumping facilities on existing certificated pipelines in the State of Illinois, according to the Illinois Commerce Commission website.

Gathering briefly at the Federal Plaza before marching to the Thompson Center, the groups including a representative from the Indigenous Environmental Network talked about the challenges that oil pipelines cause.

They demanded the Governor declare Illinois a climate emergency state and to declare Illinois free from fracking.

"The most direct way to address climate change is to keep fossil fuels in the ground," one protestor said.

Protestor Gail Snyder wants to see a climate emergency declared in Illinois.

"Stop the petition with the Illinois Commerce Commission to give DAPL the right to put three pumping stations in Southern Illinois," he said.

Ryan said that would increase the existing footprint of the pipeline to 1.1 million barrels of oil per day.

The petition by DAPL was filed under the Public Utilities Act that aims to make energy services in the state reliable and efficient, while preserving the quality if the environment.