Pipe­line protest-camp cleanup goes on

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

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.

AP/News Her­ald/PATTI BLAKE

Chris McKin­ney splashes into the wa­ter Satur­day at Pier Park dur­ing the first Panama City Beach Po­lar Plunge to sup­port Spe­cial Olympics Florida.

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