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Flags fly at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in 2016, near Cannonball, North Dakota.
(Lucas Zhao / CC BY-NC 2.0)
feature February 22, 2022

FAQ: Standing Rock Litigation

About the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s lawsuit challenging the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Press Release February 22, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case on Dakota Access Pipeline

Pipeline operator sought to overturn Earthjustice legal victory on behalf of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

document September 22, 2021

Tribes' Letter to Army Corps re: DAPL EIS process

Tribal Chairmen sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Sept. 22 responding to the flawed and irredeemable Environmental Impact Statement process and calling on the agency to terminate its contract with the firm preparing the document.

document September 22, 2021

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Comments on July DEIS

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe submitted technical comments, which highlighted how the Army Corps continues to ignore the Tribe’s input and refuse to share technical documents.

Press Release September 22, 2021

Tribal Leaders Call on Biden Administration to Scrap Dakota Access Pipeline Assessment; Start Over

Letter from Tribal leaders calls exposes conflict of interest; ‘fatally flawed’ process

document September 20, 2021

Dakota Access: Petition for Certiorari

Dakota Access files a petition for certiorari, seeking Supreme Court review of the decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Press Release August 5, 2021

Energy Transfer Expands DAPL Capacity to Transport More Oil

Pipeline still lacks federal permit; recently flagged for violating safety regulations

A Native American community member places a hand on the Red Road totem pole during a tour stop at Greater Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico.
(Wingspan Media & Te Maia Wiki)
Article July 31, 2021

Indigenous Heritage Sites Are at Risk of Destruction. Biden Can Change That.

A historic totem pole journey builds pressure on the Biden administration to fulfill promises made to the first peoples of America’s lands and waters.

document July 22, 2021

PHMSA Enforcement Against DAPL

The Pipeline Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration (PHMSA), which is responsible for overseeing pipeline safety, fined DAPL and put the company on notice for a list of violations ranging from neglecting safety repairs on release valves, to failing to properly analyze the volume and impact of an oil spill in densely populated, or “high-consequence,” areas.

document July 22, 2021

Army Corps Notice of PHMSA Violation

A PHMSA enforcement action drew an immediate response from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which submitted a court filing to alert a federal judge to the recent developments.

Press Release July 22, 2021

Federal Regulators Take Enforcement Action Against Dakota Access Pipeline

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flags concerns about safety violations

Map of crude oil, petroleum product, hydrocarbon liquid, and natural gas pipelines in the contiguous United States.
(U.S. Energy Information Administration)
feature July 14, 2021

Why Are Fossil Fuel Pipelines Bad for Our Climate and Communities?

The threat from pipelines may be big, but it is solvable.

In the News: Associated Press July 5, 2021

New infrastructure deal must focus on climate

Drew Caputo, VP of Litigation, Earthjustice: “We’re not going to successfully fight climate change if we trade pipeline for pipeline.’’

document May 21, 2021

Dakota Access Pipeline: Denial of Injunction

A federal district court issued an order denying the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an injunction that would have shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline while a federal environmental impact analysis is conducted.

Press Release May 21, 2021

Federal Court Denies Injunction Shutting Down Dakota Access Pipeline

Pipeline safety, impact to Tribes, and environmental consequences will face scrutiny in review

document May 3, 2021

U.S. Army Corps DAPL status report, May 3 2021

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under Biden formally opposed a court-ordered shutdown of DAPL.

Press Release May 3, 2021

Biden’s U.S. Army Corps Formally Opposes Dakota Access Pipeline Shutdown

Asked to state a position, agency sides with DAPL

In the News: Yahoo News April 23, 2021

U.S. appeals court denies Dakota Access rehearing request, environmental review to continue

Jan Hasselman, Attorney, Northwest Office, Earthjustice: “This is a pretty definitive statement that the legal issues in this case do not warrant attention from the Supreme Court. Here, not only didn’t we see dissents, not a single judge called for a vote.”