Rep. Omar’s Statement on the Shutdown of the Harmful Dakota Access Oil Pipeline
WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement after the U.S. District Court ordered the shutdown of the Dakota Access pipeline. The pipeline will be emptied while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers produces an environmental impact review.
“This is a powerful reminder that the Trump Administration can’t keep breaking the law in order to stack the deck in favor of the rich and powerful. This huge victory would not have been possible without the tireless work of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, other indigenous and environmental activists,” said Rep. Omar. “I’m thrilled after years of relentless advocacy that this harmful pipeline will cease to operate until a full environmental review takes place. For the past three years, the pipeline has caused damage to the water and land of indigenous people—and it would likely cause more catastrophic damage long-term. The fight doesn’t stop here. We must keep pushing back against any attempts to pollute our environment for economic gain and ensure the Dakota Access pipeline shuts down permanently.”
Rep. Omar has been a leader on bold transformative climate action. In April, she lead over 2 dozen Members of Congress in a letter calling for a moratorium on new pipeline projects during the COVID-19 pandemic and in May introduced a bill to prevent bailouts of the fossil fuel industry. She has also introduced the Zero Waste Act and is a leader on the Green New Deal.