North Dakota governor orders emergency evacuation of pipeline protest camp

Oceti Sakowin camp

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum issued late Wednesday an emergency evacuation order for Dakota Access protesters still located in the floodplain, citing the threat of “injury or death” and “ecological disaster” from the rapidly melting snowpack.

The mandatory evacuation sets a deadline of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, the same cut-off established by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for pipeline activists to leave the camp located on federal land at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers.

The snowmelt has been accelerated by warmer-than-normal temperatures in southern North Dakota, leaving parts of the large Oceti Sakowin camp already under several inches of water.

“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,” said the governor’s office in a statement. “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 corps has joined the clean-up effort led by the Standing Rock Sioux at the camp, which was left strewn with an estimated 4.5 million pounds of garbage and debris after most protesters vacated the area during the early December snowstorms.

Tow trucks are working to remove about 200 vehicles still located in the floodplain before they can be washed into the river system, Western Wire reported.

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    Bob Armstrong

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    “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.”

    Classic !

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    G

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    Have a good look at the living conditions and social atmosphere at that camp. This is a microcosm of the left’s vision for a “just” world; the post-climate-change legislated society. Only with the willing support of today’s propaganda media would anyone believe this is a just and noble cause.

    If this were some kind of Tea Party encampment, replete with unsanitary conditions, drug tents, viscous language, violent protests, and KKK-like black hooded hooligans who start fires and burn effigies, the left-media would be aghast.

    Welcome to the brave new world of the far left.

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