U.S. governor issues evacuation order for pipeline protest camp

The exchange came a day after Burgum ordered pipeline opponents to move off of land owned by the Army Corps, citing safety and environmental pollution concerns posed by spring snowmelt and rising water levels in the nearby Cannonball River.

"The Corps of Engineers is escorting a contractor back out to the camp to survey and asses the amount of cleaning and remediation that needs done", said Capt. Ryan Hignight with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Local and federal officials estimate there's enough trash and debris in the camp to fill about 2,500 pickup trucks.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said the state could start lining up additional contractors as early as Thursday. Morton County Emergency Manager Tom Doering stated garbage ranges from refuse to building debris to human waste.

"We're really fighting the clock", Doering said Wednesday.

Jarvis said the Bakken pipeline will allow Enbridge to access premium markets in the U.S. Gulf Coast and that it sees "strong potential" for future investments in the system through low-priced expansions.

More than 10,000 activists and American Indian tribes settled at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers to derail the highly controversial DAPL, a pipeline that, once completed, will shuttle 500,000 barrels of Bakken oil from North Dakota to IL.

Burgum says that waste is a more imminent threat to the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux than anything else. The Standing Rock Sioux and others believe a pipeline leak under the Missouri River would contaminate water for millions of people. Cultural surveys conducted a year ago by the Army Corps of Engineers, however, show the pipeline avoided tribal lands.

The tribe has asked protesters to leave the area, and has been coordinating cleanup at the camp since late last month.

Environmentalists and Native Americans who have opposed the pipeline, saying it threatens water resources and sacred sites, have faced a series of setbacks since Republican President Donald Trump took office in January.

Work on the final stretch of the pipeline under Lake Oahe is underway after the Corps issued the easement needed for the project.

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