Order could have little effect on pipeline protest camp

Order could have little effect on pipeline protest camp

Blake Casey
November 29, 2016

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple ordered an emergency evacuation Monday of protesters at a camp near an oil pipeline due to "harsh winter conditions", according to a statement from his office. But those who choose to stay do so at their own risk as emergency, fire, medical, and law enforcement response can not be adequately provided in these areas.

Officials from Morton County are weighing in on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to close land to those protesting the Dakota Access pipeline.

The agency cited North Dakota's oncoming winter and increasingly contentious clashes between protesters and police.

Neil Young discussed his visit with the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota and his opposition not only to the Dakota Access Pipeline, but the "rightful preservation of Native American cultural ways and their sovereignty".

The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/2gQD8E0) reports that Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault joined tribal youth during the meeting sponsored by the Dakota Resource Council. They also believe the land near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers is still rightfully owned by the Standing Rock Sioux under a almost 150-year-old treaty.

Weston says indigenous people are the wardens of the land and the government can't remove them.

The companies say the pipeline would carry Bakken shale oil more cheaply and safely from North Dakota to IL en route to US Gulf Coast refineries than it could be shipped by railroad or tanker trucks.

"Our Tribe is deeply disappointed in this decision by the United States, but our resolve to protect our water is stronger than ever", he said.

"The Corps of Engineers has declared the camp must be vacated by December 5 - which is essentially creating a militant confrontation between our government and the protesters - and that's wrong", he said.

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The Governor of North Dakota is ordering people at the Oceti Sakowin camp to pack up and leave immediately.

As of Monday afternoon, the group had raised more than $495,000 that Diggs said will go toward establishing services at the protest camps, such as medical and supply tents, secure lines of communication and heating systems to help protestors through the winter.

Henderson said protesters can relocate to a "free speech zone" south of the river.

The letter is powerful, to say the least.

"We have never counted on the state's help, because we know that ultimately the state health department is controlled by the power of the governor who has proven time and time again he does not want this encampment and therefore does not care about the wellbeing of the people". "Clearly the responsibility of clearing that land now lies primarily with the Corps".

"We've had some of our streets blocked for a period of time, but generally after a period of time the protesters disband and business gets back to normal", he said.

Dakota Access has been the center of protests that have resulted in hundreds of arrests, injuries, damaged property and more than $10 million in law enforcement-related costs for North Dakota.

"The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking a peaceful and orderly transition to a safer location", the statement said.

Kelcy Warren, CEO of Dallas-based Energy Transfer, told The Associated Press that he expects Trump to make it easier for his company and others to complete infrastructure projects. The Army Corps issued another statement on Sunday, saying they have no plans to forcibly remove anyone from the land, though anyone remaining could be charged with trespassing.