Governor Dalrymple: Supplies Will Not be Blocked from DAPL Protesters
The governor’s office is trying to clear up a dispute over food and supplies for the pipeline protesters south of Mandan.
The camp near the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline is now snow covered after the area received a foot of snow.
Gov. Dalrymple issued a “mandatory evacuation” for the camp on Monday.
His spokesman says the order has been “misconstrued” by some as giving authorities the ability to block food and supplies from the encampment.
This afternoon, the spokesman said the governor has “no” intention of blocking supplies.
Meanwhile, Senator Hoeven is again urging the Army Corps to approve the easement so work on the pipeline can be finished.
“The Corps needs to get the federal agencies to work with our state and local law enforcement to keep the peace,” said Sen. Hoeven. “We need to get this pipeline situation finished, continuing it doesn’t serve anyone.”
The Corps will issue a timeline by the end of the week outlining when a decision will be made on the Missouri River crossing.
Officials will also develop a plan on how to deal with protesters who refuse to leave restricted Corps land by December 5th.
A national Water Protector Legal Collective has now filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging protesters rights were violated during a skirmish with authorities more than a week ago.