4.5 Million Pounds of Trash, Waste Cleanup Begins, DAPL Work Resumes

February 10, 2017 12:27 PM

Work on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota is resuming after the government granted its final authorization.

For months, DAPL was on hold amid protests.

The pipeline builder, Energy Transfer Partners, says work has restarted. It’s burying a 1,200 ft. stretch of pipeline under Lake Oahe, just south of Bismark, marking the final connection of the 1,200-mile oil pipeline.

Work is also underway to clean up after thousands of protesters left the area. During the 6-month siege, town-sized camps were developed, but there were no city services like septic or trash removal.

An estimated 4.5 million pounds of garbage, from old tents and tepees to human waste, must be removed.

A spokesman for the county sheriff says the trash threatens the Missouri River if it’s not picked up before the spring thaw and possible flood of the river.

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Spell Check

Somewhere, SD
2/16/2017 04:43 AM

  Yeah all concerned about Mother Earth...YEAH RIGHT!!!! Do yourself a favor drive down to Rose Bud or Pine Ridge and see how the dogs live. Mother Earth is the last thing on there mind. I hope they take every nickel from there go fund me account and use it for clean up and restoration of the land they INVADED and RAPED.

Jake Hempe
Los Angeles, CA
2/10/2017 01:02 PM

  This is such lying propaganda! The trash was dumped and planted by the Dakota Access company!!! Here's the proof, they were caught on tape. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LIrj-ihZsw

Asdf, MN
2/11/2017 12:10 PM

  Jake-I work with a number of construction contractors from there and drive thru that area 2-4 times a week. There is not enough characters allowed for me to type explaining the inappropriate actions taken by those that protested. There is no doubt in my mind there would be millions of pounds of trash created by group camping in the middle of the country. There are very few locals that want the oil. It's only created chaos and destruction of land and relationships amoungst each other.


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