Feds spend $1.1 million on cleanup of pipeline protester encampments

After almost a year of protesting the North Dakota Access Pipeline, back in November the US Army Corp of Engineers ordered environmentalist and Leftist opponents to leave encampments located on federal lands. After the last of the nihilists left, the Corp hired a private company to clean up the waste left by opponents of the pipelines. The Washington Times reports the total price tag is $1.1 million.

In fairness, some members of the Standing Rock Tribe and protesters did assist with the clean up. However, according to the Washington Times, the garbage and waste haul was massive and even involved rescuing stray canines:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wrapped up its $1.1 million cleanup of the North Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps on federal land in North Dakota, hauling away 835 dumpsters of remaining trash and debris. The site, once occupied by thousands of environmental demonstrators, is now vacant.
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.
Meanwhile, a local animal shelter rescued four more dogs found at the North Dakota encampment, bringing the total number of dogs found after the last of the protesters evacuated to 12.


However, despite the pipeline’s near completion, it is still not over. Not only did some of the opponents refuse to leave even when ordered, CBS News reports that some activists are attempting to block the clean up. If they are legally able to, the US Army Corp of Engineers should sue the groups involved in the opposition to the pipeline who camped in the areas affected by their waste for the cost of picking up their filth and garbage.

The remaining garbage and human waste left by the opposition makes it abundantly clear that the issue surrounding the pipeline had nothing to do with saving groundwater or even preserving or protecting Indian burial grounds, but opposition to a means of contributing to civilization.