Cannon Ball ND (KEYZ) North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signs an emergency evacuation order for all remaining Dakota Access protesters to immediately get out and make way for urgent clean up efforts that may start as early as today.
For weeks now, North Dakotans have been stunned by the vivid images of earth movers scooping up hundreds of tons of garbage and debris left by some 7000 thousand protesters who gathered in Morton County for months now. Burgum says the state is willing to help clean up a camp on federal land out of fear the camp will soon flood and wash tons of debris into nearby waterways.
Senator John Hoeven says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have a crew on site by the end of the week to assist. "And they have committed to get contractors working at the protest site by the end of this week to help with the cleanup. The tribes started that effort, but they need help to make sure the debris doesn't get washed into the river, as the melting and flooding starts," says Hoeven.
The Standing Rock Sioux began coordinating a cleanup in late January, but state and federal officials say it isn't going fast enough, and they're stepping in to help out.