A U.S. district court on Monday delivered a major win to local Indigenous organizers and climate activists—and a significant blow to the fossil fuel industry and the Trump administration—by ordering the Dakota Access Pipeline to be shut down and emptied of oil by Aug. 5 while federal regulators conduct an environmental review of the project.\u0022Today is a historic day for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many people who have supported us in the fight against the pipeline.\u0022—Mike Faith, Standing Rock Sioux TribeDAPL, as the Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) pipeline is widely known, transports crude oil from North Dakota\u0026#039;s Bakken shale basin to a terminal in Illinois. The pipeline has gained international notoriety in recent years due to protests—particularly on and around the Standing Rock Indian Reservation—by environmentalists and Native Americans who live along the route.The Monday decision by D.C.-based District Judge James E. Boasberg comes after four years of litigation brought by the Standing Rock Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux, and others against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for allowing ETP to construct and operate the pipeline beneath Lake Oahe, a dammed portion of the Missouri River near the reservation.A Victory for the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation): A US District Court has ordered that the Dakota Access Pipeline must be shut down within 30 days so that an adequate, lengthy environmental review may be completed #NoDAPL https://t.co/q05PJujSEb— Ruth Hopkins (@Ruth_HHopkins) July 6, 2020HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE NEWS!FED judge orders Dakota Access pipeline to be SHUT DOWN!!! Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes win major court victory! https://t.co/MFEwZPNp4L— Dallas Goldtooth (@dallasgoldtooth) July 6, 2020The Obama administration denied permits for DAPL to cross the river in December 2016, but President Donald Trump signed an executive order advancing the project shortly after taking office in January 2017. The pipeline was completed and operating within months.Boasberg\u0026#039;s move to shut down DAPL was welcomed by critics of the pipeline.\u0022Today is a historic day for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many people who have supported us in the fight against the pipeline,\u0022 chairman Mike Faith of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said in a statement. \u0022This pipeline should have never been built here. We told them that from the beginning.\u0022\u0022It took four long years, but today justice has been served at Standing Rock,\u0022 added Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman, who represents the tribe. \u0022If the events of 2020 have taught us anything, it\u0026#039;s that health and justice must be prioritized early on in any decision-making process if we want to avoid a crisis later on.\u0022In a separate statement, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) delcared, \u0022We are celebrating this order as it vindicates the many prayers, actions, and legal arguments of Oceti Sakowin tribal nations and communities!\u0022\u0022The 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 mother earth,\u0022 IEN said. \u0022We will continue to fight until DAPL is stopped completely \u0022BREAKING: The Dakota Access Pipeline is shutting down! This is a monumental victory. We owe a debt of gratitude to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and other indigenous and environmental activists for their tireless work.https://t.co/6Ie1QmkfYi— Fire Drill Fridays (@FireDrillFriday) July 6, 2020Holy mackerel. An astonishing turn of events, which comes only because of massive indigenous-led organizing. https://t.co/2rSVEELyPs— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) July 6, 2020Boasberg\u0026#039;s order Monday followed his finding in March that the Corps had violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when approving federal permits for DAPL. The Corps is expected to finish it full court-ordered Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the pipeline by mid-2021.The decision to temporarily shut down DAPL came just a day after two energy companies cancelled the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) that would have transported fracked gas through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina—a move that activists called a \u0022historic victory for clean water, the climate, public health, and our communities.\u0022And if you\u0026#039;re wondering, yes, it is getting harder to build oil \u0026amp; gas pipelines in America:https://t.co/eAizZasKe2 via @racheladhe— Jennifer A. Dlouhy (@jendlouhyhc) July 6, 2020\u0022These monumental defeats for the fossil fuel industry are a clear sign that bold community opposition, strategic legal challenges and state-level clean energy legislation are all working together to thwart the Trump administration\u0026#039;s pro-polluter agenda,\u0022 Food \u0026amp; Water Action policy director Mitch Jones said in a statement Monday, referencing both the DAPL decision and the ACP cancellation.\u0022The campaign to stop the Dakota Access pipeline, led by Indigenous groups whose water would have been directly impacted by that filthy project, inspired and emboldened climate activists across the country,\u0022 Jones continued. \u0022The Trump White House can boast and bluster all it wants, and corporate behemoths can scheme to take advantage of the administration\u0026#039;s fondness for fossil fuels, but they are no match for determined grassroots opposition movements fighting for environmental justice and an end to the degradation of our air, water and climate.\u0022\u0022Today\u0026#039;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\u0026#039;s a huge win for those of us committed to a liveable world.\u0022—Janet Redman, Greenpeace USA\u0022Fossil fuels are dying,\u0022 he added, \u0022and there is little that Donald Trump can do to save them.\u0022Greenpeace USA climate director Janet Redman called the DAPL shutdown a \u0022huge victory for the courageous members\u0022 of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and allied activists \u0022who fought to protect their land, their water, and their right to a healthy and safe future.\u0022\u0022This is as much a victory for human rights and Indigenous sovereignty as it is for the climate,\u0022 Redman said in a statement Monday before also connecting the two wins.\u0022Energy Transfer\u0026#039;s Dakota Access Pipeline and other environmentally reckless fossil fuel infrastructure projects will only make billionaires richer while the rest of us suffer,\u0022 Redman said. \u0022Today\u0026#039;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\u0026#039;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.\u0022\u0022The past 24 hours,\u0022 she added, \u0022have sent a loud and clear message to fossil fuel corporations still committed to constructing dangerous pipelines—the future does not belong to you.\u0022This post has been updated with comment from Indigenous Environmental Network and Greenpeace USA.