PORTLAND, Ore. -- A rally in support of North Dakota pipeline protesters started in downtown Portland at noon Thursday.
The event, Support the Struggle at Standing Rock, is focused on taking money away from pipeline investors, according to the organizers.
"We will be targeting the banks that are funding the Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Partners," the Facebook event description reads. "Wells Fargo provides about 10 percent of the funds for the pipeline company. Public pressure pushed DNB, the largest bank in Norway, to defund DAPL. It is time to hold Wells Fargo accountable for violating sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux and disrespecting indigenous sovereignty."
The group met at Pioneer Courthouse Square at noon and marched to the Wells Fargo Center, at 1300 SW 5th Ave.
"We will also be supporting individuals in publicly divesting from Wells Fargo and will provide resources for anyone who would like to come and close their accounts with any of the banks that are supporting the pipeline," organizers said.
Tom Unger, spokesman for Wells Fargo in Oregon and Southwest Washington, gave KGW the following statement regarding the pipeline:
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.
Also on Thursday, thousands of veterans started traveling to North Dakota to support the "water protectors" at the pipeline site. Campers there have been told they have to leave by Monday.
Protests were held Wednesday outside a Portland Phillips 66 building. Demonstrators said the oil company owns more than 20 percent of the proposed pipeline.
On Monday afternoon, a group of protesters started a camp-in outside the Army Corps of Engineers building in Northeast Portland.