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LAMB OF GOD's Randy Blythe Is Heading To Protest The Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

Blythe can't sit around and let injustice happen.

Blythe can't sit around and let injustice happen.

The Dakota Access oil pipeline has been cause of much controversy over the last few months. Vox has an excellent explainer on why this is a big deal. According to Vox, the pipeline would carry "450,000 barrels of crude per day from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota down to a terminal in Illinois." However, local residents of Standing Rock Indian Reservation have been protesting and are concerned that the pipeline would contaminate local water, and a leak or a spill could prove deadly.

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This has led to a huge back and forth, with police spraying protesters with tear gas, and blowing water cannons at them in freezing temperatures. It's getting ugly and the media isn't exactly making this a big issue. One person who clearly sees the problem, is Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe, who just announced he'll be heading down to protest in and Instagram post:

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I am a surfer, and a true son of the South Eastern Coast of the United States. This means I spend a lot of time in the relatively warm waters of Virginia & North Carolina; in fact I spend as much time in those waters as possible given my job as a touring musician- whenever I can I ride waves, I fish, & I swim in the ocean. I have not been able to surf for a few months now because of touring with 2 different bands, & I am dying to go catch a wave. So now when I am finally off tour, why am I going far inland to freezing North Dakota (of all places), where people are getting tear gassed & arrested, instead of to the much warmer beach to chill? I am going because as a surfer, I know that all of our planet's water is connected, and that you cannot poison a river without it eventually leading to the sea. I am going because there are people trying to stop a river from being poisoned, & they need firewood, coffee, wool blankets, winter sleeping bags, & strong hands that know how to swing an ax- I have those things, so I am driving them there. I am going & bringing my Ojibwe bro David so that he can hoist his tribal flag & represent his people, & I can represent the South Eastern punk rock wave riders. I am going because I have been planning this for weeks, my heart tells me it is the right thing to do, & my spirit is restless & will not sit still inside of me until I do something besides talk about how horrible it is we are destroying our planet. So people of Standing Rock, @rollingcloud1 & I are on our way from Minnesota- we come in peace, but make no mistake- we are coming in full effect, & we are coming to stand with you. #nodapl #waterislife #hokahey

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We commend Blythe for his bravery and hope he stays safe.

Update Blythe has made it to the protest and seems to be going okay:

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