This is preliminary information to provide a general timeline & summary of protest activity.
A traffic control point was established on Hwy 1806 between the Backwater Bridge and the north entrance to the Oceti Sakowin camp. The existing barricade on the Backwater Bridge was removed. Governor Burgum issued Executive Order 2017-1, which orders a mandatory evacuation of the areas of Morton and Sioux County adjacent to the Cannonball River which are under the proprietary jurisdiction of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Keep reading for more details.
A warm weather pattern continues with daytime temperatures above freezing. Forecasted high temperatures for the next few days are to be near record highs. While cleanup efforts continue in the camps, officials worry there’s not enough progress being made to remove the waste before the area is inundated with water. Camp conditions are quickly deteriorating due to rapid spring melt and runoff. These wet conditions when combined with human waste and trash are creating a potential public health and environmental disaster. No significant protest activity occurred.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s request for a temporary restraining order to stop the drilling was denied by Judge Boesberg after a hearing in Federal District Court in Washington, D.C.
No significant protest activity occurred.
The US Army Corps of Engineers granted an easement to Dakota Access, LLC to drill under Lake Oahe. Energy Transfer Partners released information stating they would begin drilling immediately. No significant protest activity occurred.
The US Army Corps of Engineers notified Congress that the easement allowing DAPL to drill under Lake Oahe would be granted. USACOE also advised the normal 14 day waiting period between notifying Congress and issuing the easement would be waived. The easement will be issued any time after 24 hours from the notification to Congress. No significant protest activity occurred.
The ND Dept of Transportation removed the barricade from the north end of the Backwater Bridge and also cleaned the bridge deck of snow/ice in preparation for repairs to the bridge to begin. A barricade remains in place on the south side of the bridge. No significant protest activity occurred.
At approximately 7:30 am, protesters were beginning to illegally establish a new camp no private property. Law enforcement informed the protesters that their new camp was on private property and they were trespassing and they needed to leave and remove the tepees and other items from the property. Some protesters refused to leave the new camp and continued to erect tepees. Law enforcement began moving south on Hwy 1806 from the Backwater Bridge at approximately 2:40 pm. Keep reading for more details.
At approximately 11:30 am, 30-40 protesters were at the Bank of North Dakota in Bismarck doing a demonstration. At approximately 12:45 pm, approximately 15-25 protesters staged a demonstration outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Bismarck. Late in the afternoon, Senator Hoeven’s office released a statement reporting that Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer has directed the Corps to proceed with an easement for completion of the DAPL pipeline. Keep reading for more details.
At approximately 10:09 a.m., a lone individual on a bicycle entered the Backwater Bridge. He took a few photographs then left without incident approximately 15 minutes later.
At approximately 4:00 p.m., it was reported that representatives from the media attempted to gain access to Turtle Hill by way of crossing DAPL property. DAPL requested that the media be escorted off of DAPL property and any requests from the media to access DAPL property be coordinated through the DAPL media representative.