Since the 22 February (2pm) deadline has passed for Dakota Access (DAPL) protesters to vacate a campsite located on federal land near the pipeline, officials now plan to enter the site.
While many opponents abandoned the Oceti Sakowin campsite peacefully ahead of the deadline, federal authorities arrested around ten people who defied the order in a final show of dissent after the 2pm deadline had passed.
As part of a leaving ceremony just before the deadline, some of the last remnants of the protest camp (including makeshift wooden housing) were set ablaze by opponents of the project.
CNN reported North Dakota’s governor, Doug Burgum, as stating that approximately 50 people remained at the camp on the evening of 22 February. He said that these opponents will be allowed to leave without being arrested, while contractors clean up the site. However, those who refuse to leave will be arrested.
Authorities sent buses to transport protesters to Bismarck, where they were offered fresh clothing, bus fares, and food and hotel vouchers.
Being around for almost a year, the camp has, at times, accommodated thousands of people. However, the US Army Corps of Engineers set the deadline, citing the threat of spring flooding.
While the pipeline is currently being finished, once complete, the 1172 mile pipeline will transport crude oil from North Dakota, through South Dakota and Iowa, before ending in southern Illinois. It is expected to carry 470 000 bpd of crude oil.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldpipelines.com/project-news/23022017/dapl-protest-camp-shut-down/