FILM OF THE MONTH

SPLIT ROCK SWEETWATER PRAYER CAMP, 5 min

The Pilgrim Pipeline -- a proposed dual interstate pipeline that would carry fracked Bakken crude oil from Albany, NY to Linden, New Jersey -- has been the focus of a years long effort to halt construction of the pipeline and shift our energy towards renewable sources.

A few months ago, inspired by Standing Rock, the Ramapough Lenape Nation joined the movement, setting up the Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp on their ceremonial land in Mahwah, NJ, to oppose the pipeline. While the pipeline company argues it would be an improvement to current barge and rail transportation systems, the tribe says the proposed pipeline would pose a risk to their drinking water, with the potential to contaminate local aquifers and endanger the water supply for millions of NY and NJ residents.

Film by Jake Ratner