Biden closes the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota.
The announcement came after President Donald Trump’s administration approved a new presidential memorandum authorizing construction of the pipeline on federal land.
The Obama administration did not open a review of the project before the move.
The president signed the executive order Tuesday, hours after the Standing Stone Sioux tribe filed a lawsuit challenging the move to build the pipeline.
Standing Rock leaders said the pipeline would threaten their water supply.
The Sioux tribe’s lawsuit was filed on Monday.
The move to close the pipeline comes as President Trump has pushed for the pipeline to be built, saying it would be a boon for the United States.
Trump has promised to build a border wall, as well as increase enforcement on border crossings.
In January, the president called for construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border.
Trump also promised to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and build a wall on the Mexican side of the border.
The tribe’s attorney general, Dave Archambault II, said Tuesday that he would be filing an injunction against the Trump administration.
The Standing Rock tribe sued the Army Corps of Engineers in August, alleging that the pipeline could threaten water supplies and threaten the water supply of the Sioux Tribe.
The Army Corps is reviewing the pipeline’s permit application.
The Corps has also issued an order for the Army to open an environmental review of DAPL.
The judge’s decision is pending.
The project is part of an agreement between the Obama administration and the Standing Sioux Tribe that has allowed for construction on land owned by the tribe for more than 150 years.
It was built during the presidency of George W. Bush and is the largest oil pipeline in the US.
The pipeline’s route crosses tribal lands in North and South Dakota, and the tribe has protested its construction on at least one occasion.
The protest came after the tribe sued, and was halted by the Army in April 2018.
The administration said the project was needed to serve a vital energy infrastructure for the state and country.
The tribes land was acquired in the 1970s from the federal government for $1 million, which the tribe is now entitled to as part of the agreement.
The lawsuit was also filed on behalf of two other tribes that claim to have water rights on the lands the pipeline crosses.