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Oregon Standoff Is Expected to Cost Millions, and Occupiers May Pay Part of the Bill


BURNS, Ore. — The cost of the six-week standoff in rural Oregon will most likely reach into the millions of dollars, with local and state agencies looking to the federal government — and the arrested occupiers — to shoulder the bulk of the bills.

The total cost may not be known for weeks or months, but the remote location of the occupation, at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the eastern part of the state, combined with the complexity of the law enforcement response, suggests an expensive operation, said Brian Levin, a criminal justice expert at California State University San Bernardino.


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