CANNON BALL, ND - Activists protesting plans to run an oil pipeline beneath a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota said on Saturday they have no intention of leaving a protest camp after US authorities warned it must be vacated by December 5.
The US Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the federal land where the main camp protesting the Dakota Access pipeline is located, said it would close public access to the area north of the Cannonball River, including to protesters. It said this was partly to protect the general public from violent confrontations between protesters and law enforcement that have occurred in the area.
Those who stay could face prosecution for trespassing, the Corps said in a letter to tribal leaders on Friday.
Organizers told a news conference on Saturday at the main protest site where about 5,000 people are camped that they had no intention of moving.