Central New Yorker joins the North Dakota access pipeline fight
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- For months now, protesters at Standing Rock have been standing in opposition to a $4 billion oil pipeline that was proposed to run through the Standing Rock reservation.
However, the federal government announced on Sunday that it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota which is being viewed as a victory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters.
On the same day that this was announced a Central New Yorker headed out west to help Standing Rock protesters.
For most of Joe Driscoll's life he's always put water purity at the top of his list along with a respect for indigenous people and their beliefs. That's why he started a Go Fund Me page to raise money for the protesters of Standing Rock reservation as they continue to fight everyday.
So far, they've raised over $10,000 for their efforts.
On Saturday Driscoll prepared for his trip and went out shopping for googles, water jugs and hand warmers to bring along with him.
"Whatever it is, however we do it, we are going to make sure every single dime we raise is going to make it in the hands of the water protectors and it goes to strengthening the struggle," Driscoll said.
One of the biggest donations was $2,000 from a local heating and cooling business called 27sevenHVAC.
Driscoll said he hopes his donation will help make the protesters a little more comfortable in this time of unknown.
"They're cold, they are out their freezing, they are cold, food and just kind of help them contribute to the compassion of it all," Chad Terrinoni the owner of 24sevenHVAC said.
As Joe Driscoll prepared for the trip he said this is a time to stand up and fight for what he believes in.
"I feel like this is a stand for both people's rights and for the green power movement to move off of fossil fuels so this is our moment to stand up," Driscoll explained excited and prepared to join the fight.