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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

Contacts

Becca Bowe, rbowe@earthjustice.org, (415) 217-2093

Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today it will not take up a case brought by Energy Transfer, operator of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The pipeline operator sought to challenge a legal victory won by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, invalidating a key federal permit and requiring a complete environmental review.

Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman released the following statement in response:

“The litigation concerning the pipeline is over, but the fight continues. We call on the administration to close the pipeline until a full safety and environmental review is complete. DAPL never should have been authorized in the first place, and this administration is failing to address the persistent illegality of this pipeline.”

Earthjustice has represented the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in litigation against the Dakota Access Pipeline since 2016. Read a full history of the case.

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