A group of Native American teenagers in North Dakota are campaigning to stop a large oil company from building a pipeline through their land.

13-year-old Anna Lee Rain Yellowhammer and thirty young people who live near the Missouri river launched a petition to prevent Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners from constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day across four states, from North Dakota to Illinois.

The petition has since gathered over 90,000 signatures, including a string of celebrity endorsements from the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Russell.

The Native American tribe are arguing that any break in the pipe could spill oil into the river and pollute their main water source, threatening their way of life and community.

“My friends and I have played in the river since we were little; my great grandparents raised chickens and horses along it,” Anna Lee Rain wrote. “When the pipeline leaks, it will wipe out plants and animals, ruin our drinking water, and poison the center of community life for the Standing Rock Sioux.”

In April, South Dakota experienced its worst oil leak in history when TransCanada’s Keystone I pipeline spilled nearly 17,000 gallons of oil. President Obama vetoed the construction the Keystone XL pipeline last November, which would have been built by the same company.

Any crisis with the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline could pollute the Oglala Aquifer, a million-year-old shallow water table which crosses eight states, and which is already in danger of running dry.

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    Im with that

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