BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) —
The Army Corps of Engineers has finished cleaning up three Dakota
Access pipeline protest camps that were on federal land in North
The Corps hired a
contractor after the main camp and two others were cleared out and
shut down late last month in advance of the spring flooding season.
They'd operated since last spring and at times held thousands of
Corps Capt. Ryan
Hignight says a total of 835 industrial-size trash bins were filled
and removed in the operation that wrapped up late last week. That
doesn't include materials such as lumber and propane tanks that were
set aside for reuse or recycling.
The total cost of the
operation hasn't been tallied yet, but the Corps has estimated that
it could cost taxpayers more than $1.1 million.
the site after the Corps of Engineers granted permission for the
pipeline to be completed and Standing Rock Sioux leaders called on
protestors to leave, saying the battle over the project had moved to
The protestors left
behind abandoned vehicles, make-shift buildings, tents, food,
clothing, and tons of trash and human waste on the flood-prone
stretch located near the Cannon Ball River, which flows into the