Protest WORKS: DAPL pipeline ordered shut down, Atlantic Coast Pipeline abandoned

July 5 and 6 bought Indigenous activists and environmentalists two huge victories. On July 5, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy threw in the towel and abandoned the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, citing court delays. Then on July 6, US District Court judge Boasberg ordered the infamous Dakota Access Pipeline shut down by August 5, requiring its operators to apply for new permits.

Pipeline protests, lawfare, and direct actions have in fact made the Atlantic Coast Pipeline so difficult that Dominion has not only cancelled the ACP outright but decided to entirely sell off their gas transmission (pipeline) business to Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Real world is this took more than court delays, but no corporate CEO wants to admit that protest and hard-fought, in-the-trenches direct action campaigns actually WORK.

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