Dakota Access oil pipeline

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District Court shuts down Dakota Access oil pipeline
District Court shuts down Dakota Access oil pipeline
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The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ordered that the Dakota Access oil pipeline must be shut down and emptied of oil within 30 days by August 5.

The court stated that the National Environmental Policy Act requirements have not been met with the existing federal permit for the pipeline.

Mike Faith, a tribal chairman for the American Indian tribes that fought against the pipeline for the past years has stated that "Today is a historic day for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many people who have supported us in the fight against the pipeline" adding that "This pipeline should have never been built here. We told them that from the beginning".