DAPL Protest Camp Ecodisaster ....OOPSIES


petros
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Imagine if you will an oil and gas pipeline company whose workers move into Army Corps of Engineers land in the middle of summer and establish an illegal campsite. Imagine next that said oil and gas pipeline company then sends out a nationwide call to action inviting non-employees from all parts of the country to join its employees at the campsite. Imagine that, over the next several months, thousands of such outsiders come and go to and from the illegal site, leaving behind piles of trash, large volumes of human waste, and dozens of abandoned cars, commercial vans, buses and trucks, many of which are broken down or out of gasoline.

Next, imagine that said oil and gas pipeline company’s management gets a little antsy about the situation around December, worried that the campsite in fact sits smack dab in the middle of a flood plain, a flood plain that drains into a nearby lake which serves as the drinking water supply for several Indian tribes and surrounding communities. Imagine that management understands that, when the spring thaws begin to come around the first of March, the resulting flood waters will carry whatever garbage, human waste and abandoned cars remain at the site right down into that nearby lake, thus polluting the drinking water for those surrounding communities.

Now, imagine that several hundred of those outsiders choose to ignore the requests by management to leave, and instead stick around causing trouble and interfering with cleanup efforts until mid-February. Imagine that the oil and gas pipeline company refuses to clean up its own mess, and leaves that job to the Army Corps of Engineers.

Imagine that, as the cleanup efforts finally begin, the weather suddenly becomes unseasonably warm, causing much of the snow and ice to begin to melt, turning the campsite into an ugly, muddy quagmire. Imagine that, at that point, the crews conducting the cleanup have only managed to haul off about 25% of the gigantic mounds of garbage, and haven’t even begun removing the abandoned cars, and now they’re having a hard time getting their trucks and other equipment into the site to do the work.

Now, imagine the uproar that would be taking place in the national news media had an oil and gas pipeline company caused such a situation to exist. And imagine the legal hell that would rain down upon said oil and gas pipeline company in the form of fines, civil penalties and even criminal penalties from a multitude of local, state and federal government agencies in such a situation, especially if the site is not ultimately cleaned out before the spring floods begin in earnest.

I am of course describing the current dire situation that exists at the protest site of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the series of events that have led up to it. Except, of course, it wasn’t an oil and gas pipeline company that created this situation – Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP), the builder of the Dakota Access line, is in fact the target of the protesters, who somewhat ironically like to call themselves “water protectors.”

There is of course no national media uproar condemning the protesters who have created the current mess, or the conflict groups that helped to organize them, raised millions as a result of the conflict, but are contributing nothing to the cleanup. Nor is there any negative media mention of the dozens of celebrities who have visited the site to get a little free publicity over the last several months, or drawn attention to themselves by supporting the cause on social media, but who also are doing nothing to help with the clean up effort.

The Washington Post managed to find space to publish a story on the situation on Monday, but its story angle was completely sympathetic to the protesters – whose efforts have now cost Morton County taxpayers almost $33 million at last count, with millions more to come – and to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose national call to action last summer was the catalyst for the influx of the outside protesters. Indeed, a January tally of the almost 600 protesters who have been arrested during this protest action demonstrated that more than 94% of them hail from out of state, and more than 180 had criminal records.

The Washington Post’s story makes no mention of any of that, no mention of the dozens of abandoned cars or of the estimated 200-plus large truckloads of garbage left behind by the protesters that remain at the site. No mention of all the arrests of out-of-staters, or of the massive cost to Morton County. Indeed, the only real mention the Post makes of trash in the camp reads as follows: ”In the slurry running through camp are the remains of a mostly abandoned mini-city: an unopened packet of Top Ramen, a broken shovel, a mud-soaked glove, a pacifier.”

National media outlets have tended to portray these protesters – many of whom are professionals – as a peaceful and spiritual bunch. When I asked Morton County spokesman Rob Keller about that, he chuckled and said, “this is not a peaceful and prayerful crowd.” When I asked him what he meant, he said, “Let me put it this way – our county law enforcement officials have never been into that campsite, because it’s a free-for-all.”

Local officials have been stunned by the hateful nature of the protesters and their supporters, who have deluged the county’s phone lines with death threats. ”We have collected more than 25,000 recordings of hate calls,” Keller says.

The local news media outlets – most notably the local Fox affiliate, KFYR, and Rob Port, a columnist for the Forum News Service who has done yeoman’s work at the SayAnythingBlog – have been much more on top of the story, and willing to publish films and photos of the camp’s real condition.

The state of North Dakota also manages a website – NDRESPONSE - that provides excellent documentation of the real status of the protest site. Their reporting has very clearly demonstrated that there is far more “in the slurry running through the camp” than the Post’s report implies, and with another week of spring-like weather to come, concerns about the potential for that slurry turning into a stream carrying pollutants into the nearby lake are very real indeed. ”We are very concerned about the potential for significant flooding and runoff into the lake later this week,” Keller said.

Given the way in which this situation has developed over time, it is fair to provide an admittedly partial list of well-heeled celebrities who have either visited the protest site since last August or expressed their support via social media for the #NoDAPL protest, and who are now making no effort whatsoever to assist in cleaning up the looming ecological disaster their “water protectors” have left behind:

Actress Shailene Woodley (who actually got herself arrested at the site for inciting a riot), The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon, Mark Ruffalo, Patton Oswalt, Lawrence O’Donnell, Josh Fox, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bernie Sanders, Rosario Dawson, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans.

There are many more, but you get the point. As of this writing, the total contribution made by these celebrities to the cleanup effort is zero. If any of this surprises you, you haven’t been paying attention.

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Mowich
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Great article, pete. Thank you for sharing. Though I'd add a couple of photos from the Bismark Tribune.The first is a pile of rotting vegetables, the second is another shot of the garbage these so-called 'water protectors' left behind.











Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Imagine if you will an oil and gas pipeline company whose workers move into Army Corps of Engineers land in the middle of summer and establish an illegal campsite. Imagine next that said oil and gas pipeline company then sends out a nationwide call to action inviting non-employees from all parts of the country to join its employees at the campsite. Imagine that, over the next several months, thousands of such outsiders come and go to and from the illegal site, leaving behind piles of trash, large volumes of human waste, and dozens of abandoned cars, commercial vans, buses and trucks, many of which are broken down or out of gasoline.
Next, imagine that said oil and gas pipeline companyís management gets a little antsy about the situation around December, worried that the campsite in fact sits smack dab in the middle of a flood plain, a flood plain that drains into a nearby lake which serves as the drinking water supply for several Indian tribes and surrounding communities. Imagine that management understands that, when the spring thaws begin to come around the first of March, the resulting flood waters will carry whatever garbage, human waste and abandoned cars remain at the site right down into that nearby lake, thus polluting the drinking water for those surrounding communities.
Now, imagine that several hundred of those outsiders choose to ignore the requests by management to leave, and instead stick around causing trouble and interfering...

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petros
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Thanks K.

Ecofascists are bad for the environment.
 
Mowich
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Thanks K.

Ecofascists are bad for the environment.

Hell, pete..........they are down right dangerous. The lake is going to be one polluted mess now. There was flooding in Bismark today.

It would be a fine thing to think that natives had learned a lesson about opening their protests to any Jane, Sarah or Leo that came along but I doubt it. This summer when work starts on the pipelines, I fully expect to see the usual suspects turn up and be welcomed - the agent provocateurs, the movie stars, the brain-dead idiots from foreign countries and once again, in their wake will be humongous piles of waste. It was ever the same.

Bloody bunch of hypocrites.
 
Johnnny
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No one gets it... look at the topic recently posted about astronomy. If one flew over the cuckoos nest its Earth sciences and science in general...
 
Jinentonix
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I'm wondering how many plastic water bottles ended up in all that mess, because that would be the epitome of dark irony.
 
Jinentonix
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Quote:

”In the slurry running through camp are the remains of a mostly abandoned mini-city: an unopened packet of Top Ramen, a broken shovel, a mud-soaked glove, a pacifier.”

Yep, and this is what they call "journalism". I'm guessing someone just looked around the office and picked those items at random, and yet they are appropriate. The Top Ramen noodles are a perfect comparison to the media; Cheap and no substance. A broken shovel from shoveling all the bullsh*t, a mud soaked glove from all the mud they sling and a pacifier, which should be pretty self-explanatory.

The MSM: Bringing you the "news" they want you to hear, not the news you actually need to know.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnnyView Post

No one gets it... look at the topic recently posted about astronomy. If one flew over the cuckoos nest its Earth sciences and science in general...

Life isn't unique to Earth, I've accepted that as truth decades ago.
 
EagleSmack
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At one with the land...




Their Sacred Land...

 
darkbeaver
#10
Petros wants a final solution.
 
EagleSmack
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Protecting the land of their forefathers!

 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

Petros wants a final solution.

Yup. Bleach and ammonia.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Yup. Bleach and ammonia.

[The secret ingredients in Ukranian Vodka and Plummer's Helper]
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by MowichView Post

Hell, pete..........they are down right dangerous. The lake is going to be one polluted mess now. There was flooding in Bismark today.

It would be a fine thing to think that natives had learned a lesson about opening their protests to any Jane, Sarah or Leo that came along but I doubt it. This summer when work starts on the pipelines, I fully expect to see the usual suspects turn up and be welcomed - the agent provocateurs, the movie stars, the brain-dead idiots from foreign countries and once again, in their wake will be humongous piles of waste. It was ever the same.

Bloody bunch of hypocrites.

When will they learn? The same sh-t happened in Clayoquat 25 years ago and the environment is still paying the price but Injuns poaching old growth for premium shakes is perfectly fine.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

When will they learn? The same sh-t happened in Clayoquat 25 years ago and the environment is still paying the price but Injuns poaching old growth for premium shakes is perfectly fine.

In defense of the NAs... I bet this was mostly protesting tourists. I was listening to an interview of one of the tribal leaders stating that protesters were coming in, taking their fill of food, expecting to be housed, being pigs... then of course leaving when they've had enough.
 
taxslave
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Cliffy must be down there right now helping with the cleanup.

Come summer when that lake water is not drinkable because of fecal coliform (sp?)

The indians and protesters will blame the pipeline.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Cliffy must be down there right now helping with the cleanup.

It is the Cliffy type of fair weather protester that made this mess and left.


Ancient Burial Grounds eh?

 
Mowich
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

In defense of the NAs... I bet this was mostly protesting tourists. I was listening to an interview of one of the tribal leaders stating that protesters were coming in, taking their fill of food, expecting to be housed, being pigs... then of course leaving when they've had enough.

I bet it was too, Eagle.........though once the natives saw what was happening, I wonder why they didn't step up and do something about it. Or what is a matter of the more protestors there were, the more media attention was brought to their failing cause?

As I mentioned before, one might hope the natives learned something from this, but as it will be the state coughing up the millions needed to clean up the massive amounts of garbage and debris left behind, I doubt they give a ****.

I'm so looking forward to the massive protests against our pipelines that will be taking place here in Canada once the weather warms enough for the wimps to get out and around. I'll say this for the DAPL protestors who stuck it out during what was a pretty intense winter, at least they showed they had the courage of their convictions.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by MowichView Post

I'm so looking forward to the massive protests against our pipelines that will be taking place here in Canada once the weather warms enough for the wimps to get out and around. I'll say this for the DAPL protestors who stuck it out during what was a pretty intense winter, at least they showed they had the courage of their convictions.

At least when the cameras were out.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by MowichView Post

I'm so looking forward to the massive protests against our pipelines that will be taking place here in Canada once the weather warms enough for the wimps to get out and around. I'll say this for the DAPL protestors who stuck it out during what was a pretty intense winter, at least they showed they had the courage of their convictions.

At least when the cameras were out.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by MowichView Post

I bet it was too, Eagle.........though once the natives saw what was happening, I wonder why they didn't step up and do something about it. Or what is a matter of the more protestors there were, the more media attention was brought to their failing cause?

Your last sentence is your answer.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by MowichView Post

I bet it was too, Eagle.........though once the natives saw what was happening, I wonder why they didn't step up and do something about it. Or what is a matter of the more protestors there were, the more media attention was brought to their failing cause?

Your last sentence is your answer.
 
Mowich
#23
Oil to flow through Dakota Access pipeline next week | North Dakota News | bismarcktribune.com (external - login to view)
 
petros
#24
Hooray!!!

Somebody must have a bigger, more powerful magic egull fedder and waved it around.
 

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