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350.org on Suspension of Dakota Access Pipeline and Cancelation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

BROOKLYN, NY - Today, a federal judge ruled in favor of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to suspend the Dakota Access pipeline pending further environmental review. The pipeline, supported by Energy Transfer Partners, was met with massive global opposition, and this latest decision comes after the Trump administration fast-tracked the project in 2017. 

Over the weekend, two utility companies announced the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast pipeline, citing mounting costs and delays. Local communities have been fighting the project since it was first proposed.

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In response to these developments, 350.org Keep it in the Ground campaigner Kendall Mackey gave the following statement:

“These are massive victories for people and the planet. The Native-led effort to stop the Dakota Access pipeline ushered in a new era of resistance to fossil fuel corporations, and this movement is only getting stronger. The judge’s decision to suspend Dakota Access and the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast pipeline are signs that communities rising up against extraction can and do win. Big Oil’s business model has always been at odds with the fight for racial and economic justice, Indigenous sovereignty, and a safe climate. To build a just and equitable future, we must keep fossil fuels in the ground.”

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