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Governor orders evacuation of Dakota Access protest camp

February 17, 2017 at 6:44 am 5 News

Demonstrators sit on a closed bridge across from police protecting the Dakota Access oil pipeline site next to the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the pipeline near Cannon Ball, N.D., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(UPI) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum ordered an emergency evacuation of the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp, citing environmental damage and a flood threat.

The Oseti Sakowin camp, on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, is the site of protests against an oil pipeline under construction in the area. Demonstrators have spent several months at the camp in Morton County, and a cleanup effort, derided as slow by state officials, began in January.
The Republican governor signed the order out of “concern for the safety of people who are residing on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land in southern Morton County and to avoid an ecological disaster to the Missouri River,” a statement from the governor’s office said.

It noted increasing temperatures and accelerated snow melt in the area could cause environmental damage to the area, which is on a flood plain.

“The National Weather Service reports that the Cannonball River should be on the watch for rising water levels and an increased risk of ice jams later this week. Due to these conditions, the governor’s emergency order addresses safety concerns to human life as anyone in the floodplain is at risk for possible injury or death. The order also addresses the need to protect the Missouri River from the waste that will flow into the Cannonball River and Lake Oahe if the camp is not cleared and the cleanup expedited.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ordered a similar evacuation Feb. 3 to those camping on federal property. The governor’s office said the Oseti Sakowin camp must be vacated by Feb. 22 to allow private contractors to remove waste from the camp.

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  1. necron February 17, 2017 at 11:12 am

    You can’t even get them to stop laying around in their own filth without a court order…. and they claim to be worried about the pristine-Ness of their “ancestral land”… suuuure you are, unless you can build a casino or gas station on it, or get a kickback. I guess they don’t feel enough grease was applied to the wheel

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    • DrGadget February 17, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Here’s a thought. Create a new reservation and move the whole tribe there. Trail of tears.

      The part of the lake they want to dig under is only about 300 feet across. Something fishy here.

      Like you said, they can’t “honor their ancient traditions” unless the water is pristine (says who?) but they trash the place they supposedly revere. They are of course being paid off by Big Anti-Oil such as George Soros.

      Once upon a time, environmental groups actually cared about the environment. Those days are long gone. Any environmental group today is anti-progress and anti-American. You can bet there’s some pro-Communist money in the pot as well. There always is.

      This has nothing at all to do with Indians trying to preserve a pristine lake from the evil white man. It’s got everything to do with obstructionism.

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  2. baitfish February 17, 2017 at 11:39 am

    They are going to hire private contractors to clean up mess these “protesters” have made. I say, put a fence and armed guards around their camp, issue shovels and buckets to everyone residing in the camp, and don’t let them out until they have cleaned up their own mess. Not even to procure food and water.

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  3. columba February 17, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Environmentalists do more damage to the environment than all the people they accuse of being anti-environment.

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    ltuser February 17, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    And will he send in the cops or the guard to enforce this order??

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