Reuters had reported on Sunday the 27th :
“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the federal land where the main camp protesting the Dakota Access pipeline is located, said last week it would close public access to the area north of the Cannonball River on Dec. 5
On Sunday, the agency said in a statement that it had “no plans for forcible removal” of protesters. The statement said anyone who remained would be considered unauthorized and could be subject to various citations. It also said emergency services might not be adequately provided to the area.
“The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking a peaceful and orderly transition to a safer location,” the statement said. “This will reduce the risk of harm to people in the encampments caused (by) the harsh North Dakota winter conditions.”
On Monday night the cams was blanketed with snow. (I can’t embed their video from facebook, dagnabbit. maybe in a comment?)
Yesterday, Gov. Dalrymple weighed in (a turf war, perhaps?)
A tip of the hat to aptn.ca for the transcript:
- WHEREAS, Morton County is currently experiencing severe winter weather storm conditions, and it is anticipated harsh winter conditions will continue until next spring; and
- WHEREAS, winter conditions have the potential to endanger human life, especially when they are exposed to these conditions without proper shelter, dwellings, or sanitation for prolonged periods of time; and
- WHEREAS, large populations have chosen to stay in areas of Morton County managed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers south of the Cantapeta Creek and the Cannonball River (The areas include the confluence with Cantapeta Creek east, east of North Dakota Highway 1806, north of the Cannonball River, and west of the Missouri River) in tents, vehicles, temporary and semi-permanent structures which have not been inspected and approved by Morton County as proper dwellings suitable for winter habitation; and
- WHEREAS, the aforementioned areas of Morton County are not zoned for dwellings suitable for living in winter conditions, and also do not possess proper permanent sanitation infrastructure to sustain a living environment consistent with proper public health; and
- WHEREAS, the United States Army Corps of Engineers has ordered the aforementioned area of Morton County which they manage to be vacated due to public safety concerns related to the inability to effectively provide emergency, medical, fire response services, and law enforcement services; and
- WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the state to assist citizens and visitors to North Dakota in addressing the emergencies, disasters, and other hardships that may face the state, its citizens and visitors, to include issuance of orders in the best interest of public safety.
“Dalrymple has directed “agencies, emergency service officials and nongovernmental organizations to reduce threats to public safety by not guaranteeing the provision of emergency and other governmental and nongovernmental services in the evacuation area.”
The Order says any person who chooses to enter, re-enter or stay in the evacuation area does so at their own risk, and assumes any and all corresponding liabilities.
The Order is effective immediately.”
Zounds, what creepy fukkery. ‘The ‘zoning’ contrived issue; who came up with that, Gov? With this: ““the definition of the evacuation order shall remain in effect even if the army corps redefines or moves these prohibited areas.”, what does that signify? Some protectors are reporting that it means no snow removal to further limit public access to the camp.
hope they’ve been re-trained in nonviolence, bless their hearts…
Earlier this week indigenous women led a prayer walk at Oceti Sakowin; unicorn riot filmed it.
If you can contribute, it would be a blessing. http://sacredstonecamp.org/
Mr. wd had wanted to know more about the name ‘Oceti Sakowin’, and found this sweet Maggie Reid website in explanation.
After several delays, Justin Trudeau (almost) promises that today he and his cabinet will rule on:
“two major Enbridge-backed pipeline projects — Line 3 and the controversial Northern Gateway, CBC News has confirmed. A third pipeline, Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain, will also be reviewed at a regularly scheduled cabinet meeting in Ottawa, CBC News has learned.” a lengthy explanation follows, with a couple videos.