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Federal Judge Orders Dakota Access Pipeline Shut Down…

After years of litigation from Native tribes threatened by DAPL, today Judge James Boasberg ordered the pipeline be shut down and emptied of oil within 30 days.
The shutdown order is intended to last until the Army Corps of Engineers produces an Environmental Impact Statement.

In Dec 2016, the Army Corps under Pres. Obama declined to permit #DAPL passing under Lake Oahe, a federally protected waterway:…
One of Pres Trump's first acts in office was to reverse the Obama admin. decision, forcing the Army Corps to approve and expedite DAPL permitting:…

Trump also courted support from North Dakota law enforcement who violently repressed the #NoDAPL movement.
Today, Judge Boasberg sided with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, plaintiffs in the years-long anti-pipeline lawsuit. But, his wording "for the time being" hints that he may allow DAPL to resume operations.

Full ruling (PDF):…
(Editorial note: 'Sioux' is often considered a racial slur, derived from a French term that refers to Lakota and other Native peoples as ‘snakes’. UR seeks to only use this word when referring to formal entities that contain the word ‘Sioux’ in their official entity name.)
For years, the people of Standing Rock insisted DAPL posed a serious risk of spilling oil in the Missouri River, a primary source of drinking and farming water for millions of people.

Mni Wiconi ("Water is Life") was one of the main rallying cries of the #NoDAPL movement.
To learn more about the history of struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, check out our feature-length documentary, ‘Black Snake Killaz: A #NoDAPL Story’.

It’s free on our website:…
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