|Massive cleanup underway after Dakota Access |
protesters leave behind environmental mess
The Standing Rock protest may be over, but here's one thing that won't be over for quite some time: the standing mountain of trash that the ever-so-environmentally concerned protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline left behind when they abandoned their makeshift camp on the Standing Rock Indian reservation in North Dakota at the end of 2016. The Washington Times reports:
Clean-up crews are racing to clear acres of debris at the largest Dakota Access protest camp before the spring thaw turns the snowy, trash-covered plains into an environmental disaster area.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday that the camp, located on federal land, would be closed Feb. 22 in order to "prevent injuries and significant environmental damage in the likely event of flooding in this area" at the mouth of the Cannonball River in North Dakota.
"Without proper remediation, debris, trash, and untreated waste will wash into the Cannonball River and Lake Oahe," the Corps said in its statement.
Those involved in the clean-up effort, led by the Standing Rock Sioux, say it could take weeks for private sanitation companies and volunteers to clear the expanse of abandoned tents, teepees, sleeping bags, blankets, canned food, supplies and just plain garbage littering the Oceti Sakowin camp.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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