The U.S. Army Corps estimates that more than $1 million is needed to clean up the mess left behind by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other protesters against Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. The protesters temporarily succeeded in shutting the construction down under order of President Obama, but were evicted once President Trump signed an executive order to continue the pipeline project.
The tribes supposed efforts to clean up the waste were a failure, because the land is still littered with garbage and human waste.
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.