Greenpeace Celebrates Dakota Access Pipeline Shutdown
by Katie Nelson
July 6, 2020
Today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the shutdown the Dakota Access Pipeline by August 5, 2020.
July 6, 2020, Washington D.C. — In response to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordering the shutdown the Dakota Access Pipeline, Greenpeace USA Climate Director Janet Redman said:
“From the onset, communities impacted by the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, especially the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, have affirmed that its construction would be a disaster — and now the courts have raised many of the same questions. This shutdown is a huge victory for the courageous members of the Tribe and their allied activists who fought to protect their land, their water, and their right to a healthy and safe future. This is as much a victory for human rights and Indigenous sovereignty as it is for the climate.
“Energy Transfer’s Dakota Access Pipeline and other environmentally reckless fossil fuel infrastructure projects will only make billionaires richer while the rest of us suffer. Today’s ruling — arriving on the heels of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline victory — may be a calamity for oil and gas executives looking to profit from the disastrous climate crisis, but it’s a huge win for those of us committed to a liveable world. A just transition to renewable energy is not only the future, it is the only responsible choice for today.
“The past 24 hours have sent a loud and clear message to fossil fuel corporations still committed to constructing dangerous pipelines — the future does not belong to you.”
Katie Nelson, Strategic Communications Specialist, Greenpeace USA: +1 (678) 644-1681, [email protected]