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.