Around 50 people gathered in front of Fresno City Hall on Friday to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The protest began with a Native American prayer for water as onlookers formed a circle near the City Hall fountain. Many held signs or flags. One sign read “Respect our dead. Say no Dakota Pipeline,” while another noted the popular social media hashtag #NoDAPL.
Many of those on hand were from tribes throughout the Central San Joaquin Valley.
Their demonstration was aimed at the pipeline proposed to carry oil from western North Dakota approximately 1,200 miles through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois.
The Texas company developing the much-protested Dakota Access Pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, is confident it will get the necessary permission to finish the pipeline where the company first intended.
President Barack Obama said this week that the Army Corps of Engineers is examining whether the pipeline can be rerouted because of concerns from American Indians.
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters say the pipeline is a threat to drinking water and that construction could disturb sacred sites. The pipeline company has said the pipeline would have guards against leaks and would be safer than carrying oil by train and truck.
The Associated Press contributed.