Pipeline protest-camp cleanup goes on
BISMARCK, N.D. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has moved into the evacuated Dakota Access pipeline protest camp to finish the cleanup that was started weeks ago by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
A Florida-based company has been hired to provide trash removal and environmental cleanup in the main Oceti Sakowin camp on the north side of the Cannonball River and the smaller Rosebud camp on the south side. Both are on federal land.
Authorities last week cleared the last holdouts from the camp near the Standing Rock Reservation, which straddles the North Dakota and South Dakota border. Thousands of people stayed there before the area was buried in winter blizzards.
Corps officials say about 240 trash bins have been hauled out of the main camp, each brimming with debris of old food stores, structures, tents, building materials and abandoned personal belongings. Officials estimate another 240 loads or so will get the job done, The Bismarck Tribune reported.
Chris McKinney splashes into the water Saturday at Pier Park during the first Panama City Beach Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics Florida.