Anti-pipeline protesters left behind enough trash and debris at the former Oceti Sakowin Camp to fill upwards of 480 dumpsters according to government officials working to clean up the sensitive floodplain before it is submerged by the river this spring.
Contractors hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have already removed an estimated 240 truckloads of trash from the former encampment and estimate that additional 240 loads will be needed to clean up the remaining garbage.
On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Army Corps said that a significant amount of trash, debris, abandon cars and motor homes have yet to be hauled out. The official added that a special environmental crew trained to deal with potential hazardous or toxic materials has also been called in.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe had attempted to clean the former camp located on federal lands, but after three weeks had little to say for their efforts. Now, American taxpayers will be on the hook for the more than $1 million operation to protect the water and environment a mess created by so-called environmental activists.