The Army Corps of Engineers denied the permit required to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline on Sunday, which elicited cheers of celebration on social media from many stars who'd spoken out and protested against the DAPL at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota in recent months.
Actress Shailene Woodley, who was arrested for criminal trespassing back in October while protesting the DAPL construction, took to Twitter to celebrate, joking, "Soooo how many #NoDAPL babies you think are going to be made tonight?!"
soooo how many #NoDAPL babies you think are going to be made tonight?! 👅— Shailene Woodley (@shailenewoodley) December 5, 2016
Director Ava DuVernay praised the "historic protest" that drew attention to the important cause, tweeting, "Saluting the tribes that stood together and made the world pay attention. #StandWithStandingRock #NoDAPL."
Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisaro took to Instagram to share her excitement over the news, writing, "CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to all of the Brave men and women who have worked so hard to protect the land and the water of Standing Rock, NORTH DAKOTA."
CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to all of the Brave men and women who have worked so hard to protect the land and the water of Standing Rock, NORTH DAKOTA. "Today, the US Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline,” Standing Rock Sioux Tribal chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement sent to BuzzFeed News. “Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes." This is a huge victory for America. #nopipeline #nodapl
Daredevil actress and political activist Rosario Dawson also joined in on the celebration, sharing a picture of a Standing Rock protestor wearing a "Water Is Life" headband, which she captioned, "Thank You #WaterProtectors! The People United Can Never Be Defeated!!! Though every #victory needs to be safeguarded with #vigilance in order to be built upon we can still #rejoice today...!!"
They were among a number of stars who shared their elation over the long-awaited news.
The power of the people is greater than the people in power. #standingrock— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) December 4, 2016
PROOF THAT YOUR VOICE ACTUALLY MATTERS! 🙏🏼🙌🏼💪🏼😭 https://t.co/tAwL0a9y9E— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) December 4, 2016
This is what democracy looks like. Must continue fight to keep oil in ground. Grateful for sacrifices 1st Nations made to protect our water. https://t.co/TI41nTpqqd— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) December 4, 2016
Yes! A win! #NoDAPL Dakota pipeline to be rerouted. They did it!!!!!!!!— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) December 4, 2016
Avengers star Mark Ruffalo shared a video to Instagram celebrating the victory, and wrote in the caption, "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."
Dakota Access Pipeline Denied by Army Corps of Engineers! 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. President Obama will leave the White House as a great chief of America for this. 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. It is for them, the unborn and the voiceless that we persist in the struggle. We must also have compassion for the Police who were on the other side of this struggle but are still our brothers and sisters. #BlackEagle #standingrocksioux #peacefulwarrior #NoDAPL #Legacy
Ruffalo and his Avengers co-stars have been very vocal against the DAPL, frequently sharing videos, photos and messages encouraging their fans and followers to protest the construction in any way they can.
Check out the video below to hear more about how the Marvel heroes banded together to take a stand against the pipeline's construction.