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ND Governor: Anti-Pipeline Protesters Are Blocking Cleanup of Pollution

Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND) said on CBS This Morning that protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline are “obstructing [North Dakota’s] ability to conduct a cleanup in a floodplain of pollution that’s been left behind” by protester camps.

According to CBS, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a deadline set for Wednesday mandating that the protest camp clears out. However, protesters have announced intentions to defy that order, setting up a possible confrontation with law enforcement.

Burgum said that while the government respects the right of people to protest, the need to clean up the protesters’ mess has become critical.

Chase Iron Eyes, one of the protesters, compared the removal of the camp to “an ethnic cleansing.”

President Trump reversed an Obama-era decision to halt construction of the pipeline.