Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley, Leonardo DiCaprio and More Stars Praise Army's Decision to Halt Dakota Access Pipeline Decision Construction
Stars like Mark Ruffalo, Katy Perry and Matt McGorry are rejoicing over the decision to reroute the Dakota Access Pipeline
Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are rejoicing over the decision to reroute the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.
After months of protests, the Army announced this week that it will not approve an easement that would allow the pipeline to cross under North Dakota’s Army-owned Lake Oahe — which runs near the Sioux tribe’s sacred grounds.
“No win is ever permanent but we can rejoice today because together we created greater justice in the world, we opened the door to heal the old wounds sustained by our indigenous people,” Mark Ruffalo wrote alongside an Instagram video on Sunday.
“We must all thank the Native Youth who started this movement who started the camp and ran all over the USA to stop this from happening.”
Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said the decision was based on a “need to explore alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing.”
In November, the office announced it was delaying approval of the easement in order to discuss the pipeline with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe — whose members expressed concerns that the pipeline could rupture and pose a threat to the community’s sole water supply.
The announcement of the decision was a monumental moment for the crowds of protesters — commonly called “protectors” — who endured cold nights, alleged law enforcement brutality and rough conditions during demonstrations.
Along with Ruffalo, who took part in the demonstrations, Shailene Woodley took to social media in praise of the decision. Woodley was arrested for criminal trespassing while participating in protests in October.
“Soooo how many #NoDAPL babies you think are going to be made tonight?!” Woodley tweeted.
Leonardo DiCaprio also stressed the importance of standing up for what you believe in, writing, “An incredible example of what we can do when we come together.”
Although many stars gushed about the news, others warned about rejoicing too soon.
Luke Cage star Simone Missick tweeted: “It’s not over. Our president elect supports the #DAPL Let us not fall asleey. But for now we celebrate and regroup #standingrock.”