>> Hours after the Wednesday deadline came and went to abandon the opposition camp at the Dakota Access Pipeline, tents were still burning. While some protestors packed up their belongings, others opted to stay and continue to peacefully protest as an act of civil disobedience. This order to evacuate, set weeks ago by the North Dakota Governor and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Reuters correspondent Terray Sylvester is at the North Dakota campsite.>> Camp as a whole is still pretty quiet. More buildings have been lit on fire. There are two big new plumes of smoke, pretty acrid stuff. I didn't feel that it was being lit on fire in like a spirit of rioting or arson.
I think it's a mix of ceremonial way of say goodbye to these buildings that people have lived in for quite a while. And then also, people are still sort of defiant, and they're lighting fires as they go.>> Despite objections from these Native Americans and environmental activists, President Donald Trump cleared the way for completion of the multibillion dollar pipeline in January.
Pipeline construction is now underway and with the order to abandon the camp, state officials were at the ready, providing departing protestors with food, health check ups, and travel resources. One protestor telling Reuters, it felt like a funeral. Others saying they will fight on.>> I think a lot of people feel this is a success, even if the pipeline is being drilled under the river right now.
And that the momentum and the networks they've established here will carry over into other similar environmental and indigenous rights movement in the future. But demonstrators also face citations for defying the eviction notice that could lead to a maximum of six months jail time and up to $5000 in fines.
Despite that threat of detention, some protestors will simply move onto nearby campsites that are still operating, to continue protesting the pipeline. The pipeline is set to be ready for oil by the end of March.