Corps: Won’t forcibly move protesters of N.D. pipeline

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

BISMARCK, N.D. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers says it has “no plans for forcible re­moval” of protesters who have been camp­ing in North Dakota to protest the Dakota Ac­cess oil pipeline.

The Corps says in a state­ment Sun­day that it “is seek­ing a peace­ful and or­derly tran­si­tion to a safer lo­ca­tion.”

The Corps no­ti­fied tribal lead­ers Fri­day that all fed­eral lands north of the Can­non­ball River will be closed to public ac­cess Dec. 5 for “safety con­cerns.” The agency says those who choose to stay do so at their own risk. They say any­one on the prop­erty north of the Can­non­ball River af­ter that date will be tres­pass­ing and sub­ject to pros­e­cu­tion.

The land to be closed in­cludes the main protest camp, about 50 miles south of Bismarck.

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