Gov. Jack Dalrymple, R-N.D., is calling on the federal government to take the lead on any law enforcement action to remove the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property southern Morton County.
The USACE said they would close that land to public use on December 5. Col. John Henderson, Omaha District Commander, said in a letter to Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault anyone on the land after that date would be subject to arrest and prosecution.
Dalrymple praised that effort, but insisted the enforcement should come from a federal level.
“Our state and local law enforcement agencies continue to do all they can to keep private property and public infrastructure free from unpermitted protest activities, and its past time that the federal government provides the law enforcement resources needed to support public safety and to enforce their own order to vacate,” Dalrymple said. “For more than 100 days now, the federal government has allowed protesters to illegally entrench themselves on Corps land and it is the federal government’s responsibility to lead the camp’s peaceful closure.”
The governor also called on President Barack Obama to issue a decision on whether Dakota Access can drill under the Missouri River. Dalrymple says further prolonging the situation intensifies public safety issues.