Under increasing pressure to shut down the Dakota Access oil pipeline, The Biden administration will get more time to assess the pipeline and ongoing litigation. On Tuesday, a federal judge granted a DOJ request for a two-month delay of a hearing set for today, so its lawyers can fully brief the administration on the case over the validity of the Army Corps of Engineers’ environmental impact statement. The delay comes as Indigenous and environmental groups, their allies in Congress, and celebrities are increasing public pressure on the administration to shut down the controversial pipeline. On Tuesday, in -11° F cold, youth of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe began a 93-mile run from Timber Lake, South Dakota, to Oceti Sakowin Camp — the site of the 2016 Dakota Access pipeline protests.
“We’re fighting for the next seven generations to ensure that they have clean water to drink from and to have a better climate for our people and the whole world,” said Maya Runnels, president of the Standing Rock Youth Council that organized the run.
“I just can’t believe four years later we are still fighting for our lives,” said Annalee Rain Yellowhammer, vice president of the Standing Rock Youth Council. (Litigation delay: The Hill, Politico Pro $, AP); Pressure: Grand Forks Herald, The Hill, The Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter)