Army Corps calls Dakota Access Pipeline resisters 'trespassers' in letter to county
With a key easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline being delayed by the Obama administration, water protection efforts are shifting to additional sites in North Dakota.
But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking a harsh stance against the presence of pipeline resisters on federal property. A letter sent to Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier on Tuesday refers to them as "trespassers."
"The Corps of Engineers has not provided any permits or permissions for anyone to access that area of the federal property that we manage," Colonel John W. Henderson, the Commander of the Omaha District, wrote in the November 1 letter. "It is an area that has not been opened for use by the public for recreational or camping purposes."