- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Police say eight activists have been accused of trespassing during a Vermont protest against construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota.

About 120 protesters demonstrated outside the TD Bank branch and drive-thru in Montpelier Monday.

They’re targeting TD Bank because its parent company loaned money to the pipeline developers. Police say the eight arrested refused to leave the bank’s lobby when the bank decided to close for the day.

The Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for the pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir, a plan that the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says would have threatened its drinking water and cultural sites.

TD Bank has said it supports “responsible energy development” and employs “due diligence” in its lending and investing activities relating to energy production.

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