Army Corps of Engineers issues final closing date for DAPL protest camp on Corps land

CANNON BALL, N.D. - The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a final closing date for the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp on Corps land.

The Corps sent out a release, saying February 22 they will close federal property in the floodplain located at the mouth of the Cannonball River.

The main reason being to prevent injuries and significant environmental damage due to likely flooding.

The Corps says oil erosion and pollution in the river is also a concern. It says, on the land where the camp is located, grass has been moved or destroyed by unauthorized placement of structures, vehicles and fires.

Erosion from lack of cover could result in contaminated runoff into the Cannonball River and Lake Oahe.