Environmentally Conscious Pipeline Protesters Do Some Environmental Fouling of Their Own

The news release said the bills were "designed to protect landowner rights, deter criminal activity and expand the ability to appoint outside law enforcement officers to assist North Dakota agencies".

While many individuals, including volunteers and water protectors gathered their belongings and helped to clear out the camp, others vowed to remain there in defiance of the state's orders.

Activists evicted from various Dakota Access Pipeline protest campsites in North Dakota are claiming victory even as the highly-contested oil project nears completion.

Once covered in tents and makeshift structures, Oceti Sakowin is now mostly empty, save for the garbage left behind by protesters who are already gone.

Burbank, 35, said he hoped the momentum of Standing Rock, which attracted an unprecedented gathering of indigenous tribes, would not be lost.

In response to the 4 p.m.

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"Our goal is that everyone who wants to vacate the camps prior to 2 p.m. tomorrow has every resource available to do so", Levi Bachmeier, a policy adviser to Burgum, said Tuesday to CNN.

The status of the remaining protest camps is uncertain.

"I don't know if they had second thoughts, or we scared them", Herr said.

Earlier this month, a federal judge refused to issue an emergency injunction and halt construction because, he said, the pipeline presently poses no imminent harm to the tribes. "As long as there's a fight to be had here, I'm willing to stay and work and be a part of it. Cause the people that have been arrested, that fight isn't over with".

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members are concerned the once-stalled project would affect its drinking water supply and place downstream communities at risk of contamination from potential oil spills.

"We are clearly in a historic and very spiritual time", Iron Eyes said.

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The eviction, ordered by the Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday in advance of spring flooding, follows an earlier request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council that demonstrators leave camps on the reservation.

He also said no one would be prevented from leaving the camp and there would be a reasonable amount of time left for people to come and go before the deadline to continue moving people and goods.

The Oceti Sakowin camp was the largest of several temporary camps on the northern edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.

On Wednesday, 11 people were arrested outside the camp at its main entrance, outside a barrier put up protesters to keep out authorities. The state sent a bus to the site at midday to transport anyone to Bismarck, where officials were doling out basic necessities, along with hotel and bus vouchers.

"The closing of the camp is not the end of a movement or fight, it is a new beginning", Goldtooth said in a statement on Thursday.

As many as 100 demonstrators were in the camp, according to activists, but authorities estimated 50.

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As police in full riot gear worked to arrest the stragglers, cleanup crews began razing buildings on the square-mile piece of property at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers.

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