For months now we North Dakotans have been lectured by professional activists and patchouli scented hippies about protecting the environment. That’s what the #NoDAPL movement was supposed to be all about, right? Protecting the water. Honoring the earth.
Only, how did this group of people honor the earth by leaving behind an estimated 250 truck loads worth of garbage (video report at the link)?
Making a dent in the immense amount of trash being hauled out of the Oceti Sakowin protest camp is being hindered by the weather. All the garbage that was left behind is now frozen into massive chunks of junk.
In a month, all this trash could become toxic.
“Standing Rock Environmental Protection Agency and Dakota Sanitation are working together to try and advert an environmental tragedy,” says Tom Doering, Morton County Emergency Manager.
It’s estimated it will take 250 trucks filled with litter to clear the camp.
And here’s something kind of grim from the report: “As bad as it sounds, we’re looking for people that may have died and could be wrapped up in a canvas or a tarp or tent,” Jay Gruebele of the Morton County Sheriff’s Department said.
I guess that’s not surprising. Last month we learned that one of the protesters apparently tied up her 82 year old mother and left her sitting in a tent in her own feces and urine.
According to the report some 23 truck loads of garbage have already been dumped at the Bismarck landfill. I wonder how much of it is brand new stuff which was donated via the internet by people from all over the country? Past pictures of the protest camps showed that stuff just laying around in the snow.
Also, notice who is being quoted in these stories about the clean up. It’s not camp organizers. It’s not these left wing groups which descended on our state to attack law enforcement.
It’s Morton County and state officials. I believe the Standing Rock Tribe itself also hired some contractors to assist in the clean up.
But it would have been nice if the professional activists had used some of the millions they raised online to help clean up their mess.