(CNSNews.com) – The risk of environmental destruction due to waste, trash, and vehicles left behind by Dakota Access Pipeline protestors is now so grave that North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum signed an emergency evacuation order for the area on Wednesday night. Protestors who continue to “unlawfully occupy” the protest camps must leave so that “insufficient” cleanup efforts can be “quickly accelerated.”
The executive order stated that “months of accumulated debris, including human waste … abandoned vehicles and unlawful temporary and permanent dwelling structures … has created significant health and public safety risks as well as environmental hazards.”
CNSNews.com reported last week that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must shut down and remediate Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps to avoid “significant environmental damage” from the protestors’ trash, debris, and untreated waste.
On Tuesday, Western Wire reported that the North Dakota Towing Association is working 24 hours a day to remove roughly 200 vehicles left behind by pipeline protestors before seasonal floods sweep the cars and trucks into the Missouri River. MORE