ND Governor Orders Dakota Pipeline Protest Camp to Evacuate

Posted by Joseph Keefe

The governor of North Dakota ordered protesters on
Wednesday to evacuate a demonstration camp near the site of the
Dakota Access Pipeline in the latest move to clear the area that
has served as a base for opposition to the multibillion dollar

Republican Doug Burgum ordered demonstrators to leave the camp
located on land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by Feb.
22, citing safety concerns that have arisen due to accelerated
snowmelt and rising water levels of the nearby Cannonball River.

Burgum also said in his executive order that the camp poses an
environmental danger to the surrounding area. His order reaffirms
a Feb. 22 deadline set by the Army Corps for the demonstrators to
clean up and leave.

Environmentalists and Native Americans who have opposed the
pipeline, saying it threatens water resources and sacred sites,
have faced a series of set-backs since President Donald Trump
took office in January.

A federal judge on Monday denied a request by Native American
tribes seeking to halt construction of the final link of the $3.8
billion pipeline after the Corps of Engineers granted a final
easement to Energy Transfer Partners LP last week.

Reporting by Timothy Mclaughlin

Feb 16, 2017

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