(CitizensOutpost) Over $1.1 million in cleanup operations were performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the site of the Dakota Access pipeline protest camps on federal land. 835 dumpsters of remnant trash and debris were hauled off site which was once occupied by thousands of environmental demonstrators.
The federal cleanup at the last of the three camps, Sacred Stone, was declared finished Thursday.
A Florida sanitation company completed work that began Feb. 23 to hasten the massive restoration project started in late January by the Standing Rock Sioux.
A total of 12 abandoned dogs have also been rescued from the site by a local animal shelter. They were left by some of the protesters who opposed the Dakota Access pipeline project which should be complete by the end of this week.
“Thank you to Fort Yates Game and Fish for holding the four dogs until FFRR could bring them into our care,” said the shelter. “Another thank you goes to Morton County Sheriff Department for allowing us to use their animal impound facility for quarantine.
Although every American citizen has a right to free speech and to peacefully protest, the negligence displayed after the protesters evacuated leaves a sour taste to what could have been a completely legitimate show of dissent. Instead, the trash and abandoned animals left behind will leave people to wonder what truly was the message they were trying to send now that the tax payer has to pay for the cleanup bill.
Photo: (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)