On Wednesday, North Dakota’s governor, Doug Burgum, issued an emergency evacuation order for the Oceti Sakowin protest camp in order to speed the cleanup of the waste left behind by #NoDAPL protesters “to avoid an ecological disaster to the Missouri River.”
Gov. Doug Burgum today signed an emergency evacuation order out of concern for the safety of people who are residing on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) land in southern Morton County and to avoid an ecological disaster to the Missouri River.
Warm temperatures have accelerated snowmelt in the area of the Oceti Sakowin protest camp, and the National Weather Service reports that the Cannonball River should be on the watch for rising water levels and an increased risk of ice jams later this week. Due to these conditions, the governor’s emergency order addresses safety concerns to human life as anyone in the floodplain is at risk for possible injury or death. The order also addresses the need to protect the Missouri River from the waste that will flow into the Cannonball River and Lake Oahe if the camp is not cleared and the cleanup expedited.
For months, protesters have been noisily protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. They’ve camped out and had celebrity endorsements and drop-ins from the likes of Jesse Jackson, Susan Sarandon, as well as endorsements from Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Mark Ruffalo and others.
The protesters’ cause du jour was ostensibly to save the environment. However, in so doing, the protesters and their celebrity endorsers have trashed—literally—the environment.
Garbage ranges from trash to building debris to human waste, according to Morton County Emergency Manager Tom Doering.
Although the Standing Rock Sioux have been cleaning up the mess, it is not happening fast enough as temperatures rise and the likelihood of the camp’s debris being washed down the river when spring flooding occurs.
“We’re really fighting the clock,” Doering said Wednesday. “There’s more garbage down there than anybody anticipated.”
The irony of protesters presumably protesting for the environment while, in fact, destroying the environment has not been lost on social media.
— Sid Trant (@sidtrant) February 16, 2017
— Grover Norquist (@GroverNorquist) February 16, 2017
Sanitation Crews: Looking For Dead Bodies In Garbage From DAPL Camp https://t.co/LF1H0YocjE
— baldilocks (@JulietteAkinyi) February 11, 2017
@BiasedGirl Nothing says “clean water” like mountains of trash and human excrement!
— Fuzzy Chimp (@fuzzychimpcom) February 16, 2017