[News] Federal Judge Orders Dakota Access Pipeline Shut Down
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Mon Jul 6 14:30:23 EDT 2020
JUDGE ORDERS DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE SHUT DOWN
July 6, 2020
We write to you today with good news, we are celebrating a win for the
sovereignty of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux
Tribe to fight for the protection of their traditional lands and
territories against Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access Pipeline.
Today a federal judge ordered Dakota Access, LLC a subsidiary of Energy
Transfer Partners, to shut down and empty their Dakota Access Pipeline by
August 5th. This order
is part of an ongoing lawsuit filed by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River
Sioux Tribes. The court recently found that the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers had violated the National Environmental Policy Act when it
granted an easement to Dakota Access, LLC, due to a failure to conduct a
full environmental impact review on the project. This newest decision by
the court orders the pipeline to shut down within 30 days and to remain
shut down until the environmental review is complete.
The Court order states that: 1) The Mineral Leasing Act easement
authorizing the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Missouri River at Lake
Oahe is hereby vacated; and 2) Dakota Access shall shut down the pipeline
and empty it of oil by August 5, 2020. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on
“This is a big win for the Oceti Sakowin or Great Sioux Nation and all
our ally tribes and friends who came to stand with us to protect water and
the future of our children. We said from the beginning that the crossing of
the Missouri river was illegal and that an EIS was necessary. I'm glad the
judge saw the inherent dangers of keeping the oil flowing on DAPL while
this study moves forward. That in of itself is vindication for all the
trials we went through. This is a win for the grassroots people of the
Oceti Sakowin and I couldn't be happier.” said Joye Braun, the first camper
at Sacred Stone Camp.
This order vindicates the many prayers, actions, and legal arguments of *Oceti
Sakowin* - Seven Council Fires of the Dakota, Nakota, Lakota tribal nations
and communities. The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes have
shown the world that treaty rights and environmental justice are not token
concepts without merit, but rather tangible arguments that inherently
protect the sacredness of *Unci Maka* - Mother Earth.
"Today is a historic day for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the
many people who have supported us in the fight against the pipeline,” said
Chairman Mike Faith of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “This pipeline should
have never been built here. We told them that from the beginning.”
We relish this moment as we remember the smell of the many fires at
encampment and the thousands of people who journeyed to Standing Rock to
stand with the peoples of Oceti Sakowin. This moment is medicine to all who
endured during this fight and reminds us to keep fighting for the
protection of water and the release of the political prisoners like Red
Fawn who still suffer from the stand they took.
We remain committed to protecting Father Sky, Mother Earth, the sacred
waters and our future generations. We will continue to fight for the
protection of our sacred lands, precious cultural sites and until fossil
fuels are kept in the ground.
Established in 1990, The Indigenous Environmental Network is an
international environmental justice nonprofit that works with tribal
grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous communities. I
EN’s activities include empowering Indigenous communities and tribal
governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water,
air, natural resources, the health of both our people and all living
things, and to build economically sustainable communities.
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