Pipeline protests sweep across the country with new urgency after Trump’s election

Demonstrators in cities like San Francisco, Phoenix and Philadelphia on Tuesday demanded that President Barack Obama reject the Dakota Access Pipeline project before leaving office.

The coordinated protests planned for dozens of cities were the latest in a series of actions against the controversial pipeline that’s fiercely opposed by a Native American tribe in North Dakota.

Crowds urged the Army Corps of Engineers to deny a permit to Energy Transfer Partners to build a portion of the 1,172-mile pipeline beneath Lake Oahe near the Standing Rock Sioux’s reservation. Much of the pipeline is already built, but this portion has been delayed since the Obama administration ordered a review of the approval process in September.

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