CANNON BALL, N.D. (KFYR TV) - Dakota Access pipeline protesters have left their main camp near Cannon Ball, N.D.
But there is evidence of their stay: garbage. Lot's of it. All the mess is now frozen into massive chunks of junk.
It's estimated it will take 250 trucks filled with litter to clear the camp.
The sheriff's department is sifting through it all due to a concern that the garbage will turn toxic.
"Standing Rock Environmental Protection Agency and Dakota Sanitation are working together to try and advert an environmental tragedy," Tom Doering, Morton County emergency manager, said.
"As bad as it sounds we're looking for people that may have died and could be wrapped up in a canvas or a tarp or tent," added Capt. Jay Gruebele of the county sheriff’s office.
The cleanup effort started about a week ago. So far 23 loads have been dumped at the Bismarck landfill.