Deadline Passes for Evacuation of Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp

Wednesday's deadline for the protesters to leave also may not spell the end of the heavy law enforcement presence near where Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners is finishing the last section of the pipeline, which will carry oil from North Dakota through the Dakotas and Iowa to a shipping point in IL.

"'There was a 17-year-old woman who was severely burned and she's been airlifted to Minneapolis", Burgum said.

Deputizing an agent means they're allowed to enforce state laws, Stenehjem said.

"We've been very clear that we wanted them to leave", Burgum told reporters at a news conference Wednesday evening.

However, President Donald Trump, just days after taking office, signed an executive order clearing the way for the pipeline to proceed.

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"The Army Corps of Engineers said it needed to clear the camp ahead of spring flooding, and had ordered everyone to leave by 2 p.m. Wednesday", the A.P. report reads.

Thousands of protesters, tons of garbage and almost 750 arrests later, the Dakota Access pipeline occupation wrapped up Thursday as law enforcement cleared stragglers from the floodplain in preparation for the massive clean-up ahead. Regardless, we rise. Keep your eyes on Standing Rock.

By 2:09 p.m. Central Time, it was over.

Tens of thousands of environmentalists and Indian American tribes have settled at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers to derail the project, which would shuttle 500,000 barrels of Bakken oil from North Dakota to IL. Arguing that an oil spill would contaminate the reservation's water supply and destroy sacred sites where their ancestors are buried, the Native Americans and their allies furiously opposed a pipeline proposal that was backed by the state's Republican leadership. Most protesters left before the deadline, and an unknown number who refused to leave were arrested. "A massive, militarized police force will be moving through camp, going through structures and arresting people", John Bigelow, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, told The Washington Post.

The day before the deadline, almost all the yurts were gone at the Oceti Sakowin camp.

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Archambault said Monday he continues to ask that there be no forced removal of remaining campers.

"See I mean that's so awesome that so many people are concerned about the cleanup and it's like no one is asking the questions about the Missouri River but everyone is ready to assume that we're messing things up there". The Associated Press reported that praying protesters said they were burning the structures, including a yurt and teepee, as part of the ceremony involved in leaving the camp.

Warmer-than-expected temperatures have hastened the snowmelt and threatened to wash the debris into the Cannonball and Missouri rivers. "We don't want to be down here having to remove people from this area, but, unfortunately, there are bad actors that force us into this position", said Iverson.

Before authorities moved in, Burgum had said those remaining at the camp still had a chance to leave without facing charges. This center will offer snacks, water, hotel lodging and bus fare for a return home, with transportation provided from the camp to the center, according to officials.

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