The Line 3 pipeline, now under construction in Minnesota, encroaches on Indigenous land and creates a path to import Canadian oil.
Indigenous organizers in Northern Minnesota need our support to stop Enbridge’s Line 3 Tar Sands pipeline, which Enbridge intends to run right under the Mississippi River. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz just granted the pipeline its final permit.
On December 16, 22 water protects were arrested for blocking pipeline construction—a blockade that began in early December, when two determined Water Protectors began tree sits in a frozen Minnesota forest targeted for levelling. The resistance and number of arrests has only increased since then. This video brings you there.
Tribal nations and local groups are seeking an injunction to stay construction while pending lawsuits are considered. We have seen other pipeline struggles, but this one is even more fraught. There are massive health risks involved in building Line 3 at the roaring height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Minnesota is currently number one in the U.S. for the number of COVID-19 cases per day. Nonetheless, Enbridge has established multiple worksites along the Line 3 route with temporary housing facilities, or man camps, for its workers. It’s not only workers who are imperiled: man camps at the best of times bring serious physical harm to the women of nearby Indigenous communities.
HERE ARE WAYS TO HELP:
Sign the 350.org petition to Biden here. Ask him to review the permits granted by Trump and immediately halt construction on this tar sands pipeline.
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The reasons for stopping this project are multiple. From the Stop Line 3 website: