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PROTESTER CAMP CLEANUP
by Marty Carlson
Multiple media outlets have reported that the US Army Corps of Engineers has moved into the Dakota access pipeline protest camp to finish the cleanup started weeks ago, by the standing Rock Sioux tribe.
A company has been hired to provide trash removal and environmental cleanup in the camp that was located on the north side of the cannonball River and the smaller Rosebud camp on the south side. Both were on federal land.
Officials have reported about 240 dumpsters have been hauled out of the main camp, and there is an estimated 240 more to get the job done.
Tribal contractors were clearing the sites but apparently, there was too big of a mess for them to handle.
In January, Standing Rock Sioux tribal Chairman spoke out about the cleanup after the protest, stating “because of the risk of flood were worried about what’s going to be left at the camp and they want to make sure none of this is waste gets into the Missouri River.” He also noted “we are water protectors but now we are the ones that are going to start contaminating the water.”
Also noted, in several media reports, there were some animals abandoned in the camps, in some animal control people were being brought in to deal with that issue also.
It seems to me that this protest was all about the environment and protecting it, there is massive hypocrisy in all this. It is sad to see what this nation is starting to turn into.
Personally I have no real issue with the protest itself, but people do not want to be responsible for themselves while they are telling others how to be responsible for themselves.