Protesters celebrating their last minute reprieve by federal intervention are going to stay at their campsite despite a December 5th deadline to vacate the federal land.
According to The Blaze, the protesters had set up a tremendous campsite on federal land way back when this whole demonstration started four months ago. A few weeks ago the protesters were given a December 5th deadline to vacate the federally owned land they were camping on.
The authorities have said they will not forcibly remove anyone despite the deadline.
Hundreds of people at the Seven Council Fires encampment cheered, “mni wichoni” — “water is life” in Lakota Sioux — after hearing that the Army Corps of Engineers refused Sunday to grant the company permission to extend the pipeline beneath a Missouri River reservoir.
Energy Transfer Partners, the company that owns the pipeline, released a statement Sunday night chastising the Army Corps’ decision as being politically motivated. They also argue that the only reason it was done was so President Obama could delay the matter until he leaves office.
“The White House’s directive today to the Corps for further delay is just the latest in a series of overt and transparent political actions by an administration which has abandoned the rule of law in favor of currying favor with a narrow and extreme political constituency.”
Trump has not said what he would do about this long running protest in North Dakota.
Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said in a news release that her decision was based on the need to “explore alternate routes” for the pipeline’s crossing. Her full decision doesn’t rule out that it could cross under the reservoir or north of Bismarck.”
— PRIME (@primetheband) December 5, 2016
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