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Dakota Pipeline Protesters Leave $1 Million Clean-Up Bill For Taxpayers

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The U.S. Army Corps will spend more than $1 million to clean up the mess left behind by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. The protesters — who succeeded in temporarily shutting down pipeline construction under orders from President Barack Obama — were evicted after President Donald Trump put the pipeline project back online.

“The corps’ contract with a Florida-based company to provide trash removal and environmental cleanup includes the main Oceti Sakowin camp on the north side of the Cannonball River and the smaller Rosebud camp on the south side,” the Bismarck Tribune reported on Friday. “Both are on corps’-owned property.”

Despite efforts by the tribe to clean up the protest sites, the land was littered with garbage, and even cars and motor homes had to be removed.

“About 240 rollout dumpsters have been hauled out, each brimming with debris of old food stores, structures, tents, building materials and personal belongings, much of it buried under winter blizzards or simply left behind,” the Tribune reported. “Officials are estimating it will require another equal number of loads to get the job done.”

The article said special consideration would be given to some items, such as teepees, that could have cultural significance and toxic materials.

Logan Thompson, owner of Prairie View equipment contractor, said his company got instructions on handling human waste and waste compost from health officials.

In January, Stand Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II spoke out about the clean up after the protest, which was staged because the tribe and others believed a pipeline spill could contaminate the Missouri River and a reservoir, the Tribune reported.

“Because of this risk of flood, we’re worried about what’s going to be left at the camp,” Archambault said. “What we want to do is make sure none of that waste gets into the Missouri River .… We’re water protectors, but we’re the ones that are going to start contaminating the water.”

“The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,172-mile underground state of the art 30” pipeline extending from the Bakken/Three Forks production area in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois,” according to Energy Transfer Partners, the company responsible for the project. “The pipeline will transport domestically-produced, light, sweet crude oil from North Dakota to major refining markets.”

Other facts about the pipeline include:

  • The entire Dakota Access Pipeline is buried underground.
  • 99.98% of the pipeline is installed on privately owned property in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. The remaining 0.02% is owned by the Federal Government.
  • The Dakota Access Pipeline can eliminate 500-740 rail cars, and/or 250+ trucks needed to transport crude oil every day.
  • The pipeline created 12,000 jobs during construction.


42 Comments on "Dakota Pipeline Protesters Leave $1 Million Clean-Up Bill For Taxpayers"

  1. JuanP on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 4:12 pm 

    It is so good to now that the retarded assholes in the US Army will be spending a million dollars on something useful for a change. The US Army is one of the biggest polluters in human history.

  2. Davy on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 4:23 pm 

    WTF, i will clean it up for $50k. A skid steer, mini excavator and a dump truck is all I need. If they turn a blind eye I will burn most of the shit. I am a fire boss who knows the value of a good fire to clean things up. What is left will be buried.

  3. Cloggie on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 4:43 pm

    US military is a notorius big spender.

    Toilet seat: $640,-

  4. penury on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 4:48 pm 

    JuanP the idiots who will be paying for the clean up are the same idiots who pay for everything else the Army does. Thank you taxpayers.

  5. Ghung on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 4:48 pm 

    So the stellar ‘news’ outlet, Breitbart, reports on the aftermath of a doomed protest by a bunch of people who didn’t have anything better to do than ‘defend’ the environment while trashing the environment. Doesn’t get any better than that.
    It’s no wonder we’re in deep shit.

  6. Joe on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 5:15 pm 

    There used to be a favorite fishing/camping site I used to frequent in Canada. For years, I was the only one camping there, aside from people I often took there with me. I always made sure to leave it as pristine as I found it. Aside from the campfire spot, no once could have guessed that people ever went there. Then one night a native man saw my campfire and decided to stop and chat. Among other things he pointed out to me how much he cares about the environment. The next time I went there for some fishing, the site had a huge tarp tent on it, and garbage everywhere one looked. It seems nearby natives got to love my former campsite so much, they decided to camp out as well. It was like that for years. So much for being one with nature. So, I am not at all surprised that it will take $1 million to clean up after the native “nature protesters”.

  7. Apneaman on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 5:34 pm 

    breeebot top notch news agency. What could possibly be more world shaking than this?

    Steve Bannon has a big expose coming up.
    Apparently they have secret footage of an environmentalist who forgot to flush. It will be their second most important story to date. Slightly less shocking than the footage of the transgender person who didn’t wash his/her hands after pissing in the urinal.

    Bernstein and Woodward ain’t got nothing on these super sleuths.

  8. Plantagenet on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 6:14 pm 

    Is there any way to Send Obama the bill for the clean-up? He’s the one who didn’t do his job and evict the slobs from the government land they were illegally occupying and trashing.


  9. Anonymous on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 6:44 pm 

    Damn, just when you thought the bar for retarded couldn’t possibly get any lower, plantard shows up and shares this thoughts, I mean thought. If you can call plants retarded one-track ramblings a ‘thought’ that ism (trying to be nice here).


  10. Jac Kinney on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 6:47 pm 

    That’s nothing in comparison to what ND former and current governors plus the moron county sheriff have spent in their WAR against Standing Rock and the Water Protectors. How does $33 million sound? Guess who will be responsible for paying it back? Certainly not Energy Transfer Partners even though the money went toward protecting their investment. Peak oil news is of course biased. What else could they say? Truth is moron county had trash and debris dumped on the site and blamed the Water Protectors. America needs to wake up, corporations and oil companies control the government and their puppet is setting in the white house right now. MNI WICONI, now and forever.

  11. makati1 on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 7:08 pm 

    Another “Sign of the Times”. Sigh…

  12. Sissyfuss on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 8:53 pm 

    Jac, the spin doctors of MSM are hard at work for the new regime. Wouldn’t be surprised if every uneducated Trump redneck came by to unload the built up refuse from their double wide.

  13. Apneaman on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 8:59 pm 

    If the mouth breathers at barfbart are so concerned about tax dollars and big fucking messes maybe they should stop their useful idiot climate denying. There could be a thousand dead drowned babies tomorrow and they will stick to their prefabricated tribal beliefs. Spare me the concern card assholes.

    U.S. Communities Clobbered by $53 Billion in Extreme Weather and Climate Disasters in 2016

    And the carnage continues unabated….every day.

    Official: San Jose flooding caused $73 Million in damages

  14. makati1 on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 9:38 pm 

    Hire a few dozen dump trucks and a few hundred Mexican workers and they will clean it up in a day for less than 10% of that million. When the government does anything it is bloated out of reality.

  15. Hubert on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 9:39 pm 

    $tanding Rock Doc:

  16. Hubert on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 9:49 pm 

    US ARMY = $600 billion dollars a year bankrupting this idiot country out of existence.

    Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire

  17. Midnight Oil on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 9:51 pm 

    At least this can be CLEANED up. Unlike the other mess the fracking and Tar Sands wasteland will leave. BTW, the Superfund clear is just split to get corporations off the hook to pay…just file bankruptcy and the Great White Father in Washington DC will foot the bill.
    See Trumpet has unleashed his military to wipe out ISIS…. Now that will be another MESS.

  18. ________________________________________ on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 9:56 pm 

    I don’t see a problem. Looks like a nice new town they built.

  19. Harquebus on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 10:13 pm 

    If they were evicted then, what opportunities did they have to “clean up”?

  20. GregT on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 10:26 pm 

    If the land is owned by the government, does that mean the democrats, or the republicans?

  21. Go Speed Racer on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 11:36 pm 

    General Hutton will award the contract for $1 Million dollars, to his Cousin Ernie who is a little behind on his house payments. But won’t be much longer.

    Always funny how the crowd of environmentalist protesters leaves behind a gigantic pile of pop cans, pizza boxes, and piles of shit. I think Rush Limbaugh was the first one to point the hypocrisy.

  22. dave thompson on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 3:22 am 

    The only real way to protest the oil industry is to not use or buy anything that is a part of the oil industry. Do not by gas or anything period. Lets see how many real protesters there are now.

  23. Cloggie on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 4:17 am 

    The only real way to protest the oil industry is to not use or buy anything that is a part of the oil industry.

    The oil industry and the car driving public are two sides of the same coin.

    If you really want to make a difference, invest in solar panels on your roof and next tell everybody on the internet how wonderful they are.

  24. dave thompson on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 4:22 am 

    Solar panels are a direct result of the FF industry. No FF? No solar panels.

  25. Cloggie on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 4:38 am 

    Solar panels are a direct result of the FF industry. No FF? No solar panels.

    There are others who believe in Jesus and yet others in Allah.

    Whatever works for you, Dave.

    Seriously Dave, can you provide me with a link, pointing to a peer-reviewed article with which you can support your superstition, namely that solar panels can only produced with energy from fossil and not from electricity generated by solar panels?

    And while we are at it… can you tell me the difference between an electron generated in a fossil power station and an electron split from an atom by a photon?

    Much obliged and thanks in advance.

    P.S. modern solar panel producing plants operate entirely on electricity:

  26. Davy on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 6:46 am 

    Solar panels can be made by solar panels in laboratory setting of sorts. Kind of like we can live on Mars because we can live in the Biosphere experiment, sort of. It takes a civilization to produce solar panels. Our civilization appears by reasonable people to be tied to fossil fuels in relation to our economic productivity and social disposition. It takes a very high economic productivity to support the complexity we have. It is clear the amount of renewables needed to replace fossil fuels is pushing the limit of what humans can do. The fact that we must maintain and phase out fossil fuels at the same time we bring on renewables is daunting. All this as our economy and social fabric are decaying and increasingly in dysfunction. Population is growing and our planetary system undergoing decline and failures.

    If we were going to point to alternatives as a means to extend out our civilization I am very much behind that. We need time to adjust and mitigate the effects of a bifurcation of an overshoot in population and complexity. We are going to drop dangerously to some new level of economic activity that will not support so many people. It is theoretically wonderful to think about a lower population in a robust civilization of low carbon. In fact maybe we have some regions or locals that make it to such a place but it will not be a global world and without a global world there will likely not be alternative replicating alternatives.

    In my mind we should be acknowledging the global is lost. It is lost because it can’t adapt to a lower energy supply like alternatives. Fossil fuels and a broad range of vital resources are in depletion. Recycling is not enough. Globalism needs all sources now and it is still under stress. The global can’t adapt for social and political reasons too. Not everyone agrees alternatives are the future. Not everyone can adapt to this. Much of the world is too poor to become alternative based. Alternatives are not going to run industrial agriculture. They may contribute to a permaculture arrangement but that level of food production is not going to support a civilization as we have now are or even close.

    If we could find some way to more than halve our population and drop to 1900 levels of economic activity maybe we would have a chance. If we could then also have a new wisdom of learning from our techno mistakes of more with less that always means more. If we had forces that controlled population. If our climate does not runaway into uninhabitable. These if’s are fantasy in the scale and timing and probably beyond what is human.

    If someone asks me for what solutions there is I would say we are terminally ill physically and mentally as a civilization. We cannot continue with progress and a growth based system must progress. Since there is no way to determine a point of failure then the solution is individual and small community localism. Locations is critical and sustainability and resilience conditions are known. Denial of what this really means is rampant because too many greens and socially aware still look to a global world remade. This means adapt to localism as you adapt to a failing globalism. You also realize all may be lost because of the destructive nature of a bifurcating globalism.

    We are heading for a period of momentous change that is dramatic destructive change. It is unknown how, when and where. The degree and duration of the fall is unknown. What should be known is we are on a trajectory towards collapse with a progressiveness that is increasingly appearing a failure. I follow the world daily and nothing shows the type of promise needed to transition a civilization upward. At this time progress and decline are both in play. This is a period of decline and growth with decline appearing to be the winner.

    It will be those places that make efforts to slow this decline that will have the best chances while there is still time. Surely alternatives are part of this. Individually we should have a small alternative system if possible or live somewhere where it is possible. Many people can afford to invest in sustainability if they stop investing in the discretionary status quo. Unfortunately for many the enjoyments of the status quo are hard to leave. Vacations and hobbies are so tempting. Consumerism and new toys are enticing.

    The answers to a failing society revolve around basic wisdom and that points to acknowledging limits and failures and adjusting life accordingly. Until we as a people do this there is no hope. It is apparent at the global level it is impossible because of the self-organizing nature of competitive cooperation of diverse cultures and ideologies. This can be done regionally and locally but it will not be a transition of the as-is. It will be a devolution of the material world and have to be an evolution of the spiritual. It will take a very strong people to squeeze through the worm hole of coming die off. It is possible but don’t get too optimistic. It is best to begin the effort and love a good life now. That is if you are living well now. Increasingly we are hearing about famine. Soon much worse will be on our daily news.

  27. dave thompson on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 12:09 pm 

    Great vid cloggie on or two problems with your point. Where did the glass come from and how was it made? Where did the plastic and polymers come from and how were they made? Where did all of the rare earths come from and how were they acquired? Where did the steal come from and how was it made? The factory has concrete in it where did it come from and how was it made? You get it now?

  28. Cloggie on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 12:19 pm 

    Dave, I am getting tired of having to type again and again the same arguments.

    You can make steel with electricity:

    Plastic and polymers can be made from biomass.

    Rare earths?

    Even is we run out, we have to find work-arounds. And probably will.

    Are we going to have a plug-and-play solution for the replacement of fossil? No! Will the economy contract? You bet!

    But what is the vision YOU have to offer, rather than roll over and die?

  29. Davy on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 1:01 pm 

    “Dave, I am getting tired of having to type again and again the same arguments. You can make steel with electricity…Plastic and polymers can be made from biomass…….”
    Clog, we can do a lot of things theoretically, in the laboratory, and as pilot projects. It is quite another thing to transition a civilization and do that transition in a shortish timeframe. It is also an issue of costs and what we can afford. You are a long way away of realty testing those questions

  30. dave thompson on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 1:01 pm 

    My vision, is, we, as in humanity, are headed for catastrophe with no end in site.

  31. onlooker on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 1:37 pm 

    Yes Dave we are truly in a diabolical catch 22. First, if we attempt to save our industrial civilization by whatever means we will be enacting further damaging impacts on the planets ability to support our population. Second, if we chose to try and avoid a sizable die off, we are letting the planet continue be besieged by our huge numbers. Third, if we powerdown from our civilization we are literally leaving many around the world in a very precarious state. Fourth, if we do nothing, the combination of overpopulation and over consumption will result in further degradation of the Earth and a systemic failures i nour living arrangements leading to die off

  32. onlooker on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 1:38 pm 

    in our living arrangements

  33. Cloggie on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 1:44 pm 

    My vision, is, we, as in humanity, are headed for catastrophe with no end in site.

    …and we are going to make a mockery of anybody who at least tries to do something about it.

    Thinly veiled nihilism and nothing else.

  34. Angela on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 2:05 pm 

    Yes… the problem was they evacuated the camp during the blizzard when they came back everything was scattered and frozen when things are frozen they are very heavy and hard to move… hey had to wait for the thaw to clean up then they wouldn’t give them enough time to let them clean it

  35. Sissyfuss on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 2:11 pm 

    Instead of a trail of tears Angela it was a trail of lost dreams.

  36. dave thompson on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 10:09 pm 

    Cloggie I am not mocking nor knocking anything. Only pointing to a reality that people want to avoid thinking about. Facing the reality of humanities situation could be construed as nihilism for people that do not understand. But any deep thinking of the idea of endless growth on a finite planet at the base level will get you to the truth. Life has meaning for those of us willing to except reality. Humans are fast approaching on a run away system of deception and greed a place of no recourse or return. Predicament has no fix.

  37. GregT on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 10:25 pm 

    “You can make steel with electricity: Plastic and polymers can be made from biomass.”

    Yes Cloggie, and pigs can fly. If you strap rockets on their backs.!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_460/doritos-ad-flying-pig.jpg

    That doesn’t mean that they will.

  38. GregT on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 10:32 pm 

    “My vision, is, we, as in humanity, are headed for catastrophe with no end in site.”

    “…and we are going to make a mockery of anybody who at least tries to do something about it.”

    The catastrophe that we are headed for is a consequence of industrialism. Atempting to solve the consequences of industrialism, with more industrialism, is quite frankly, insane.

  39. makati1 on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 11:57 pm 

    I worked in a steel foundry 50 years ago that used electric furnaces to make manganese steel. About 7 tons per pour. Took 2+ hours and the electric of a small town to do so. I wonder how many square miles of solar or how many hundred wind towers that would require. And 6 tons made one stone crusher part. One.

  40. makati1 on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 11:58 pm 

    But, but, GregT! When something doesn’t work, you just do it again and again until it does! That is how people think today. Insanity. Yep!

  41. Cloggie on Thu, 2nd Mar 2017 4:51 am 

    Contrarian article against the “climate hoax”:

    Russia-Insider = Anglos sympathetic towards Russia.

    I worked in a steel foundry 50 years ago that used electric furnaces to make manganese steel.


    The use of EAFs allows steel to be made from a 100% scrap metal feedstock. This greatly reduces the energy required to make steel when compared with primary steelmaking from ores. Another benefit is flexibility: while blast furnaces cannot vary their production by much and can remain in operation for years at a time, EAFs can be rapidly started and stopped, allowing the steel mill to vary production according to demand. Although steelmaking arc furnaces generally use scrap steel as their primary feedstock, if hot metal from a blast furnace or direct-reduced iron is available economically, these can also be used as furnace feed. As EAFs require large amounts of electrical power, many companies schedule their operations to take advantage of off peak electricity pricing.

    A typical steelmaking arc furnace is the source of steel for a mini-mill, which may make bars or strip product. Mini-mills can be sited relatively near to the markets for steel products, and the transport requirements are less than for an integrated mill, which would commonly be sited near a harbour for access to shipping.

    Steel is increasingly produced from recycling scrap metal, gradually phasing out mining in the future, after world population has peaked, possibly in a catastrophic way. In that situation it doesn’t make sense of shipping old clunkers to China and India to be processed into steel plate again and shipping it back to Europe; installing a EAF locally makes much more sense.

    Perhaps electric arc furnace-based production has a future in the UK. The country has a reservoir of scrap; currently most of this is shipped to Turkey and Asia, which could be melted in domestic furnaces — as happens at Celsa.

  42. David de Roche on Thu, 2nd Mar 2017 8:18 am 

    Human shit with nothing important to do. Defending the environment? That’s a pathetic laugh. Where are the real people with genuine forward goals? Gone to graveyards everyone?

    Death by decay from top to bottom.

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