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Members of Congress, Tribes, State Governments Formally Join Call to Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline

24 members of Congress, 27 Tribes and Tribal organizations, and 19 state governments submit briefs supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight against the pipeline
Photo courtesy of ReZpect Our Water.
September 23, 2020
Washington, D.C. —

Members of Congress, Tribes, and state governments today submitted briefs in support of shutting down the Dakota Access Pipeline to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The briefs come after a federal judge in July found that the pipeline violated federal law and ordered it shut down pending an environmental impact statement examining the impacts the DAPL would have on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The case is now on appeal before the D.C. Circuit, which has scheduled a hearing for Nov. 4.

The following is a statement from Jan Hasselman, Earthjustice staff attorney, who has been representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against DAPL:

“We’re thankful that so many members of congress, Tribes, and state governments are standing with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in saying no to DAPL. The decision on whether DAPL should keep running is ultimately a political one, and these leaders understand that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe deserve the right to reject a pipeline running through their lands.”


Siham Zniber, Earthjustice