After a four-year legal battle, a judge has ordered a full-fledged environmental analysis examining the risk the Dakota Access Pipeline poses to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Earthjustice is in court on behalf of the Tribe defending this court decision and pushing for a shutdown. We are asking you to write to your members of Congress to advocate for justice and sovereignty for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
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.
Dozens of congressional representatives and senators filed a federal court brief arguing for a halt in operations. While the pipeline’s ultimate fate will be decided in the next administration, these political leaders understand that DAPL should never have been routed through tribal lands.
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.