The governor of North Dakota, Jack Dalrymple (R), has ordered protesters at the site of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to evacuate their camps in the face of bad weather. Dalrymple pointed to incoming storms as the justification for the order, which was signed on Monday, saying that “any person who chooses to enter, re-enter, or stay in the evacuation area does so at their own risk, and assumes any and all corresponding liabilities for their unlawful presence and occupation of the evacuation area.”
The order specifies that emergency services will be restricted to the camp while it is in effect, with fire trucks and ambulances provided on a case-by-case basis, dependent on approval from the county sheriff and highway patrol. Dave Archambault II, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leading the protests, issued a statement that said the order was “a menacing action meant to cause fear, and is a blatant attempt by the state and local officials to usurp and circumvent federal authority.”
Central North Dakota is expected to receive between 8 and 13 inches of snow from storms that hit the region late on Monday. The storms, which should last until Wednesday, will also bring 25 mph winds. Jeff Zent, a spokesperson for the governor’s administration, said that the state would not be forcibly removing people from the protest camps, as they were situated on US Army Corps of Engineers land. “We fully expect the federal government to take the lead on the management of their property,” Zent told local news.
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