Celebrities and Activists Unite to Pressure Biden to Shutdown DAPL
February 17, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Support continues to grow for the shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline, as celebrities and activists bring awareness to the ongoing tribal and environmental dispute.
On Jan. 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe that the U.S. Army Corps violated environmental laws and is required to perform an environmental impact statement (EIS). The EIS will examine oil spill risks and determine alternative routes to avoid hazards to the tribe.
The pipeline had been operating without a permit and the Corps took no action to correct this under the Trump administration. While the EIS proceeds, the current Biden administration has discretion to issue an interim shutdown order, which will bring the pipeline into federal compliance.