Energy Justice
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Energy Justice

US and International Perspectives

Edited by Raya Salter, Carmen G. Gonzalez and Elizabeth A. Kronk Warner

Energy Justice: US and International Perspectives is a pioneering analysis of energy law and policy through the framework of energy justice. While climate change has triggered unprecedented investment in renewable energy, the concept of energy justice and its practical application to energy law and policy remain under-theorized. This volume breaks new ground by examining a range of energy justice regulatory challenges from the perspective of international law, US law, and foreign domestic law. The book illuminates the theory of energy justice while emphasizing practical solutions that hasten the transition from fossil fuels and address the inequities that plague energy systems.
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Chapter 6: Mni Wiconi, tribal sovereignty, and treaty rights: lessons from the Dakota Access Pipeline

Jeanette Wolfley

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6. Jeanette Wolfley, Mni Wiconi, tribal sovereignty and treaty rights: lessons from Dakota Access Pipeline. This chapter examines how energy projects are impacting Indigenous communities, with a specific focus on tribes in the United States. The chapter analyzes the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to demonstrate the continuing importance of treaty rights and sovereignty of Indian nations in the United States, and the growing opposition to oil and gas pipeline construction near tribal lands. The increase in energy development and renewal of existing rights-of-way promises to lead to more clashes in the coming years. The chapter argues that it is, therefore, imperative for the energy industry to seriously deliberate the lessons learned from the DAPL standoff, and to pursue meaningful and respectful engagement with affected communities.

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