BISMARCK, N.D. - The Army Corps of Engineers closed the Dakota Access protest camps last Friday; North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered an evacuation on Monday. In between, there have been a lot of confusion about what those orders really mean.
Wednesday, Dalrymple held a press conference to clarify.
The governor discussed a number of issues, but one thing he emphasized is that the state has no plans to clear the camp.
Dalrymple thinks the Dakota Access protest camps are unsafe, and he wants protesters to leave.
"We may not be able to help you in an emergency situation. Your health and safety may be at risk," said Dalrymple.
After he ordered the camp to evacuate Monday, many thought the state would forcibly evict demonstrators. Wednesday's press conference was meant to clarify that.
"We have not at anytime, ever contemplated going to the main camp and removing people from that camp," said Dalrymple.
Protesters say they see order as a way to block the delivery of supplies to the camp.
"The governor issued his with threats of cutting off our food supplies. We responded by saying that is an act of war," Phyllis Young, protester.
The governor says that's not true, though delivering supplies to an evacuated area is illegal.
Sen. John Hoeven, R, N.D., took to the Senate floor today in Washington D.C. to set the record straight on what he says is going on with the pipeline.
"This oil is already moving, It's already moving to these markets. But right now it's moving by rail and it's moving by truck," said Hoeven.
The department of transportation is keeping the roads clear to and from the camp.
"DOT has been plowing the roads on 1806 all the way up to the camp to provide safe access for those that choose to leave," said Col. Michael Gerhart, North Dakota Highway patrol.
Law enforcement officials estimate that some people have left the camp, but don't have an estimate on how many people remain.
Temperatures will be getting colder next week, with highs in the teens some days and approaching zero at night.
Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault is urging the United Nations and the Obama Administration to safeguard the protesters rights to free speech and peaceful assembly.