The Army Corps of Engineers clarified Sunday it has no plans to force Dakota Access Pipeline protesters from federal land.
Rather, the Corps is hoping for a “peaceful and orderly transition to a safer location,” The Associated Press reports.
The Corps released a statement Friday informing tribal leaders that land north of the Cannonball River won’t be open to public access Dec. 5, citing safety concerns. As such, anyone who remains will count as a trespasser, meaning they could be prosecuted.
The land discussed by the Corps includes the main protest camp. If tribal leaders completely comply, the protest will essentially be over.
Just a few days prior to the letter, the military blog Task & Purpose published a piece about two veterans, one a former Army officer, who intend to deploy a large force of veterans to the area to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Wes Clark Jr. and Michael A. Wood Jr. hope to lead a force of 500 veterans …