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Read online @ B A K K E N O I L B I Z . C O M / d i g i t a l - j o u r n a l 9 ➤ continued, pg 10 ➤ continued, next page Field reduction of H2S to 4ppmw No chemical contamination No volume loss No Title V permit required Entirely closed loop H2S done safely and correct Toll Free: 1-877-303-BULL Jason Groves Manager Last year, several organizations presenting themselves as non-profit enterprises claimed they were on a mission to save the planet. For them an opportunity had arisen. They needed a battle cry. They needed something catchy to rally donors. They settled on NoDAPL. No Dakota Access Pipe- line. Greenpeace, BankTrack, Earth Justice and others set out to raise money for their cause. Money to fund efforts to block the construction of this pipeline, running 1,200 miles from North Dakota to Illinois. Or so they said. Beginning in August, 2016, the NoDAPL battle cry drew a rapidly growing crowd of protestors to a site in North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The front line of the skirmish emerged at the point where the pipeline was to run beneath the Missouri River at Lake Oahe. The protestors attempted to block construction of that final short link. The rest of the 1,200-mile line was already built. What should have been a minor version of the 1869 celebra- tion of driving in the golden spike linking the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads at Promontory Point, Utah, was, instead, a nightmare standoff that lasted for months. As the siege wore on, the camp of protestors grew. They became threatening. Eventually instances of violence broke out. The siege pitted a restrained and professional regiment of law enforcement officers and other security personnel against a large number of haphazardly organized and thuggish protestors. However, due to the professional- ism of the security forces, no lives were lost. Their patience and restraint paid off. After several months, the siege ended. On February 22, 2017, officers removed the occupants from the encampment in one night-time sweep. The drama was similar to the Occupy Wall Street episode in NY City that began in September 2011. In that case, protestors set up their camp in Zuccotti Park, across the street from the Ground Zero site of the World Trade Cen- ter. Hundreds of protestors turned this one-acre plot into an urban campground for about two months. They descended on NY City to protest Wall Street and capitalism. That siege G R E E N P E A C E ended at 4 am, on the morning of November 15th, when a battalion of NY City police officers booted the unlawful camp- ers from the park, which, though open to the public, was pri- vate property. Park rules prohibited overnight camping. However, with respect to the two episodes, very little else was the same. After dispersing the Occupy Wall Street crowd in NY City, the sanitation department cleaned up the mess the protestors left behind. It took only a few hours. That was pretty much the last NY City saw of the protestors. THE OF by: CHRIS BISCHOF

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