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Group of protesters in Portland want funding of Dakota Access Pipeline pulled

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Dozens of people gathered in Portland on Thursday to protest the funding of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Protesters met at Pioneer Courthouse Square as part of a Global Day of Action to Defund the DAPL.

The group was calling for Wells Fargo to stop funding the DAPL and Energy Transfer Partners.

"This is certainly about treaty rights, about sovereignty, and about many things. But when you boil it down, it is really about water and it's about human rights. We're all water, we're primarily made up of water with just a little bit to hold us together," said Roben White, Native American activist.

Over the last few months protesters from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other supporters have been trying to block the Dakota Pipeline from being built. The Tribe has strongly objected the pipeline saying it would affect their drinking water. 

The 1,200 mile pipeline would go under the Missouri River in Lake Oahe. One of the fears it that it could leak or break contaminating their water supply.

Wells Fargo's spokesperson for Oregon and southwest Washington reached out to FOX 12 after this story aired and released the following statement:

Wells Fargo is one of 17 financial institutions involved in financing the Dakota Access Pipeline. The loans we provided represent less than five percent of the total. As a company committed to environmental sustainability and human rights, we respect all the differing opinions being expressed in this dispute, and hope all parties involved will  work together to reach a peaceful resolution.

We are committed to supporting responsible energy development. Last year alone, projects owned in whole or in part by Wells Fargo produced 10 percent of all solar photovoltaic and wind energy generated in the U.S. Since 2012, the company has invested more than $52 billion in environmentally sustainable businesses.

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