Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair Mike Faith hailed the decision as a milestone on tribes’ long crusade against the pipeline route through unceded treaty territory. “As the environmental review process gets underway in the months ahead, we look forward to showing why the Dakota Access Pipeline is too dangerous to operate,” he said. Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman, one of many lawyers for the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Yankton, and Oglala Sioux tribes in the pipeline battle, explained, “The pipeline is now operating illegally.” But, he said, “We are confident that it will be shut down eventually.” It falls to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which issued the now-invalid permit, to decide whether to exercise its authority to shut down the pipeline. The issue will go back to the lower court for more proceedings on that count if the Corps doesn’t. U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered the agency to do everything in its power to facilitate the pipeline.
BREAKING: On the day that had been initially set as a deadline for shutting down the Dakota Access Pipeline, a federal appeals court today issued an order that effectively allows oil to continue flowing for now. #NoDAPL https://t.co/dzSZtu2Fw1— Earthjustice (@Earthjustice) August 5, 2020
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