It’s a remarkable victory. Decades of determined actions by indigenous people and other water protectors with huge global support culminated in the halting of three U.S.-based fossil fuel pipelines. From the bitter cold of the Standing Rock camp to rallies demanding that banks divest from construction, all the way to the Supreme Court, the campaigns persevered, and won.
A federal District Court ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to be shut down and emptied by August 5. And work on the Atlantic Coast fracked gas pipeline was abandoned by investors after permits were cancelled and Black and Native communities joined in protest.
The Supreme Court itself upheld a decree to stop work on the Keystone XL line. But in the same ruling, SCOTUS allowed fast-track permitting for all other pipelines. Urgh! A classic case of bait and switch.
The fight is not over as these three successes inevitably will be challenged. As a matter of fact, DAPL continues to keep oil flowing in spite of court orders. So, the next battle begins.
Regardless, each win is an important step that strengthens the movement to end fossil fuel use and the destruction of the planet.