In an unprecedented victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe after four-year legal battle, a federal judge has ordered the owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline to halt operations while the government conducts a full-fledged analysis examining the risk DAPL poses to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The pipeline shutdown will remain in place pending completion of a full environmental review, which normally takes several years, and the issuance of new permits. It may be up to a new administration to make final permitting decisions. Write to your members of Congress in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its fight for justice and sovereignty.
The news follows a court victory in March that struck down federal permits for the pipeline and ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prepare a full environmental impact statement, something the Tribe has sought since the beginning of the controversy. Earthjustice has been representing the Tribe in its fight against the pipeline.
Since June 2017, 600,000 barrels of crude oil a day have flowed through this unlawfully approved pipeline. An oil spill into the nearby Missouri River would destroy the Tribe’s way of life. When Energy Transfer Partners proposed a new 1,200-mile oil pipeline from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota to the Midwest, it chose a route crossing the Missouri River just yards upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. For the Tribe, there has never been any question of backing down from the fight to protect their homeland from the Dakota Access pipeline – and we need your help as that fight continues.
This case has forced a reckoning with the historical and present-day disenfranchisement and disrespect of Native peoples from the government wielding its power. We are called to renounce 200 years of the status quo and exercise our political power to shut down this pipeline for good.