Celebrities are taking to Twitter to celebrate victory following Sunday’s decision to halt construction on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project after weeks of heated protests.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who for months had been fighting the construction of an approved pipeline through their land, released a statement on Sunday’s decision: “Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternate routes.”
It continued: “The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all of Indian Country will forever be grateful to the Obama Administration for this historic decision,” the statement adds. “We want to thank everyone who played a role in advocating for this cause.”
Members of the tribe initiated the protest in an attempt to halt plans that would see a $3.8-billion pipeline under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir near the tribe’s reservation. The pipeline, they feared, could harm the community’s drinking water and the river’s ecosystem.
Many celebrities have vocally opposed the pipeline project — Divergent star Shailene Woodley was even arrested for protesting — and they hailed the decision on Twitter.
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) December 4, 2016
— Kate Walsh (@katewalsh) December 4, 2016
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) December 4, 2016
Congratulations my dear relations! https://t.co/0u0ZLYXZ7F
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 4, 2016
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) December 4, 2016
It's a good time for protesting to work in this country. #standingrock sending everyone lots of big love.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) December 4, 2016
— Matt McGorry (@MattMcGorry) December 4, 2016