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Dalrymple orders mandatory evacuation of DAPL protest camp on Army Corps land



28 November, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed an emergency evacuation order Monday to evacuate the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp on Army Corps land.

The emergency order addresses safety concerns and potential danger to human life for those camping on federal land without proper shelter during harsh winter conditions. Dalrymple shares the Army Corps' concerns that severe weather conditions would impede access by emergency medical responders and other emergency services.

The order says the unpermitted camp sites are not zoned for dwellings suitable for living in winter conditions and do not provide proper sanitation infrastructure to sustain a hygienic living environment.

The entire executive order is attached to this article.






North Dakota governor orders emergency evacuation of DAPL protesters



The Oceti Sakowin camp is seen in a snow storm during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. November 28, 2016. © Stephanie Keith / Reuters

RT,
28 November, 2016


North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has issued an executive order for protesters to evacuate a campsite near the Dakota Access Pipeline. Concerns of harsh winter and lack of sanitation were cited as reasons for protesters to leave and not return.

Citing “safety concerns and the potential danger to human life for those camping on federal property without proper shelter during harsh winter conditions,” 
Governor Dalrymple (R) ordered an emergency evacuation of campsites housing protesters demonstrating against the North Dakota Access Pipeline on Monday.

Army Corps won’t ‘forcible remove’ DAPL protesters, arrests still possible

"Winter conditions have the potential to endanger human life, especially when they are exposed to these conditions without proper shelter, dwellings, or sanitation for prolonged periods of time," the executive order said.

Jeff Zent, a spokesman for the governor, claimed that the state does not plan to remove anyone from the site, telling reporters: “We’re not going to go in and make arrests and forcibly remove everybody that’s on that site,” but, “We fully expect the federal government to take the lead on the management of their property.


In addition, the statement by the governor also claimed: “The unpermitted camp sites are not zoned for dwellings suitable for living in winter conditions and do not provide proper sanitation infrastructure to sustain a living environment consistent with proper public health.

The news comes as central North Dakota faces a winter storm warning, which includes eight to 13 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. 
The warning is set to stay in place until Wednesday evening.


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