Raw Story is reporting Federal officials and North Dakota governor on Thursday refused to extend next week's deadline for protesters to pack up their demonstration bases and depart.
Rather, in a meeting with officials from the US Corps of Engineers, Governor Burgum, and state transportation officials, representatives of the protesters were told contractors working for the pipeline would enter the camp as soon as possible.
"We're not going to necessarily wait until the 22," a spokesman for the Corps said.
The protesters requested the delay in the deadline so that they could remove all of their possessions.
Instead, they were told personnel from the Corps, accompanied by law enforcement, would help them leave.
“It’s completely impossible to remove everything down there in that short of a time frame,” said Chase Iron Eyes, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “The people aren’t opposed to the help of the Army Corps, but it’s got to be without the presence of militarized law enforcement.”
Burgum ordered the demonstrators to move off land owned by the Corps. He warned that anyone still occupying Corps land after the deadline could face fines up to $5,000 and a 6-month jail term.