No sooner had the Army Corps of Engineers announced that they wouldn’t force the evacuation of protesters and their encampment at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline than the governor of North Dakota ordered an evacuation on his own.
The only problem: He may not be able to muster the forces needed to carry it out.
From the Guardian:
North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple ordered the immediate evacuation of the main encampment of activists opposing the Dakota Access pipeline, but a state official said he would not authorize law enforcement to carry out the order.
Citing concerns about “harsh winter conditions” and the North Dakota Disaster Act of 1985, Dalrymple said on Monday that all persons at the camp are “ordered to leave the evacuation area immediately, and are further ordered not to return to the evacuation area”.
But Cecily Fong, spokeswoman for the North Dakota department of emergency services said, “We will not be using law enforcement or national guard to enforce the order.”
The 1985 law allows the governor to “direct and compel” evacuations “from any stricken or threatened area” in the event of natural or manmade disasters.