It had been years since Occupy Wall Street, and the far-left needed a new cause to meet up and pointlessly rally behind for months on end.
In April of last year, they found one: protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The protest began in response to the approved construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline by Energy Transfer Partners. While the pipeline didn’t pass through Native lands (a fact about which many protesters were hilariously unaware), there were still concerns that a spill across its intended crossing of the Missouri River could pose a threat to the tribe’s water supply.
Regardless of any validity to the protests (and there wasn’t much for anyone who actually looked into the Left’s talking points on this issue), the Standing Rock Tribe quickly got tired of the Lefties rallying around them as their land quickly turned into a Burning Man-esque gathering. They also proved that hippies are capable of doing much more damage to native land than an oil company could ever (accidentally) do. We reported last month that cleanup crews at Standing Rock told officials protesters left behind enough trash to fill up 2500 pickup trucks. For some reason they also left behind an estimated 20 dogs.
Clean-up was necessary, ironically, to prevent the debris from tainting the tribe’s water supply – and it’s finally completed.
The Washington Times reported on the aftermath: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wrapped up its $1.1 million cleanup of the 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.
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.
The tribe, aided by state and local agencies as well as some protest volunteers, launched the cleanup over concerns that snowmelt would inevitably wash tons of garbage and waste left by protesters into the Cannonball River.
Corps Capt. Ryan Hignight said a total of 8,170 cubic yards of debris was removed from the three camps — Sacred Stone, Oceti Sakowin and Rosebud — all within the flood plain on federally managed land.
So – they managed to cause even more damage than they did while occupying Wall Street, which required a sanitation crew and immense cleanup afterwards.
Here’s some perspective:
Pipelines are the safest way to transport oil, by the way.
Had the protesters gotten what they wanted, they would’ve only further endangered the environment in addition to the damage they’ve already done.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]