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Greenpeace Celebrates Dakota Access Pipeline Shutdown

WASHINGTON - 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.

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“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.”

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