Corps won’t forcibly remove protesters from federal land

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CANON BALL, ND - NOVEMBER 26: The Oceti Sakowin Camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Canon Ball, North Dakota on November 26, 2016. The Army Corp of Engineers announced they will be removing the camp on December 5th on Saturday, displacing the estimated ten thousand people who are currently inhabiting the grounds. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has “no plans for forcible removal” of protesters who have been camping in North Dakota to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

The Corps says in a statement Sunday that it “is seeking a peaceful and orderly transition to a safer location.”

The Corps notified tribal leaders Friday that all federal lands north of the Cannonball River will be closed to public access Dec. 5 for “safety concerns.” The agency says those who choose to stay do so at their own risk. The Corps says anyone on the property north of the Cannonball River after that date will be trespassing and subject to prosecution.

The land to be closed includes the main protest camp, about 50 miles south of Bismarck.

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  • Sw

    We the people say no to the pipeline, I am grateful that we have land and water protectors that our standing up for us and our young. Fact: 292 oil spills in 2 years from the North Dakota pipeline and only 1 released… Looks like the protectors know exactly what they are talking about. When December 5 comes you leave those peaceful people alone and the land that they are protecting from money hungry corporations, you stand up for what’s right! Say NO to the Dakota pipeline speak up before December 5 spread the truth !

  • Jay

    Power to the people let me remind all the people that everyone involved in the Bundy protest in Oregon has been cleared of all charges that’s right big brother we fought the law and we won ! explain to me why police officers are paid by the cities they work in are protecting a single corporation when you have thousands of citizens you’re supposed to be protected against those corporations ? This is not my just my thoughts either police officers involved in this protest have came out and said that they refused to help with this because I feel it’s wrong how much longer are we gonna sit back and allow big corporations to continue destroy our world all so they can make some ridiculous amount of profit why we sit back and eat crumbs they feed us why are we destroy our land when there’s plenty of places all around the world or we can naturally get this oil for much cheaper than what it would cost us to produce Number two we have a electric vehicles right now that can go over 300 miles on a hour charge Audi produced a vehicle last year that gets 300mpg but you can’t importer to the US ? Oil is starting to phase out the need to have to finish this oil pipeline it is a joke we don’t need it Iran got it sanctions pulled off at the beginning of this year and since then it’s been selling oil at the lowest Prices in history maybe if we had a president that was good with foreign-policy maybe we could get some of the cheap oil Without having to destroy our country just a thought

  • Jay

    Also the company that makes electric car Tesla has been in the court room since day one with the company fighting our government not only to being able to manufacture in United States but also being able to distribute it in the United States The petrodollar is dead The sooner our government except that is when are country can really start to reform this country we need to start learning to make are own money instead of making money off of other 3rd world countries resources don’t you remember when made in the USA actually meant something I want that country back one we can be proud to call home

  • Jay

    The American dream cannot exist as long as we have big corporations running our country Wake up America the corporation you work for isn’t giving you a big bonus at the end of the year anymore it’s not giving you a pension anymore it’s not giving your shares in the company anymore it’s not giving you three months vacation like any other Corporation does outside of United States no more free healthcare benefits no more company cars if you’re lucky at the end of the year your corporation gives you a $50 gas card is this what the American dream supposed to look like I remember graduating high school in 2001 start a job in construction fresh out of high school making $18 an hour and paying $.97 for a gallon of gas today it’s almost 2017 people working construction jobs in Michigan today get paid between $10 and $14 an hour paying 2.05 for a gallon of gas anybody see a math problem you weren’t sold a dream you were sold out

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