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Materials for salvage were set to the side, while loaders scraped up bucket loads of abandoned tents, sleeping bags, cooking utensils, food goods, and personal items mixed into slushy snow and ice. It all got poured into piles and dumpsters arranged around the camp perimeters and trucked to the landfill.
Hans Bradley, the brownfield coordinator for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, is overseeing this initial phase of the cleanup that will last through Friday, when the teams will regroup and assess.
“We’re trying to identify what should be cleaned up by asking people and getting their perspective on where we should start,” Bradley said.
He said the idea is to move carefully and thoughtfully through the camp, where some 300 are still living, cooking and going about their days.
He estimates that by the end of February, the area will be 95 percent cleared off. With that in mind, he said the tribe asked the the corps, which owns the land, and state agencies that offered help, to stand down while the tribe works its way through a difficult process.
“I don’t think the narrative is that this ended up in a trash dump. This was like a stone cast in the pond with a ripple effect all throughout the world. The reality is we inspired the world that together we could stand up to a powerful corporation,” Tilsen said.
He said the camp will eventually be commemorated and the unity and historic gathering of hundreds of tribal nations remembered in a prayerful ceremony.
originally posted by: Rezlooper
Sorry to say, but the product that is destroying our planet is the product that we demand. Until we stop demanding it, we're all screwed!
originally posted by: Rezlooper
I say to my Native brothers and sisters and all protesters of these pipelines everywhere, If you really want to fight this, then we, all of us Americans, need to stop driving in cars, heating our homes with gas, traveling in planes, mowing your lawns with motorized mowers, or playing with our toys (4x4's and snowmobiles) and start going back to 150 year ago methods. Sorry to say, but the product that is destroying our planet is the product that we demand. Until we stop demanding it, we're all screwed!
originally posted by: bender151
a reply to: Rezlooper
Here's the thing: It doesn't matter. We need oil, and we less foreign dependence on it. What would you rather have, thousands upon thousand more trucks spewing even more pollution? Getting in accidents and spilling oil while simultaneously injuring and killing people? So, yet again, here are some actual facts to counter yet another tired emotional argument.
What are "hundreds of pipelines? We have 2.5 million miles of them. In 2016 there were 297 incidents. that's one every 8,418 miles (also accounts for natural gas).
Since you're phone can't be made with sunbeams, we still need oil... so let's consider the alternative delivery methods.
"oil pipelines are roughly 70 times as safe as trucks"