Following President Donald Trump’s executive order allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline to move forward, the Army Corps of Engineers has concluded its forced cleanup of the mess left behind by thousands of protesters.
At the expense of $1.1 million, the ACE finished its canvassing of the area on Thursday.
Though the cleanup of the protest site originally began in early February, the sanitation was kickstarted on Feb 23. A mass of 8,170 cubic yards of trash from the three campgrounds occupied by protesters was eventually hauled away.
In an email, ACE Captain Ryan Hignight wrote, “In total, there were 835 roll-off dumpsters of trash and debris removed from the three camps together.”
In the final scan of the protest zone, workers also rescued four more dogs left behind by the Standing Rock demonstrators, leaving a grand total of 12 dogs abandoned by protesting parties. Furry Friends Rockin Rescue, a North Dakota shelter that has been heavily involved in the rescue process of the dogs, said, “We are happy to report that all animals have been accounted for throughout the Dakota Access Pipeline protest sites.”
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“Thank you to Fort Yates Game and Fish for holding the four dogs until FFRR could bring them into our care,” the shelter said. “Another thank you goes to Morton County Sheriff Department for allowing us to use their animal impound facility for quarantine.”
“The dogs will be vetted — vaccinated, exam, dewormer, and bath — prior to being posted for adoption,” FFRR said. Six of the 12 dogs have already found new homes.
FFRR volunteer Stacy Sturm told local TV station KYFR-TV that the dogs are steadily improving after the shock of being left behind.
“When we went to the Cannon Ball, Solen area on Sunday, just from there until now I’ve noticed they’ve gained weight and they’re looking good,” Sturm said. “They’re more social, they aren’t scared anymore, they’re really just coming a long ways.”
A report done by KYFR at the offset of the cleanup can be seen below:
H/T: The Washington Times
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