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December 11, 2020

Stop the construction of Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota!

topic: Pollution
type: Campaign, Donation
by: Yair Oded

North America’s largest pipeline developer, Enbridge, is attempting to move forward with several major projects that would decimate natural resources around the Great Lakes area and violate treaties signed with indigenous tribes. 

One of these projects, called Line 3, includes a pipeline set to cross northern Minnesota and tear through the Leech Lake and Fond du Lac reservations, as well as three different treaty areas.

Line 3 is planned to be one of the world’s largest pipeline projects and transport nearly a million barrels per day of tar sands - an incredibly dangerous pollutant - from Canada to the US. The $7.5 billion pipeline will supposedly replace the existing Line 3, which is severely compromised and has already resulted in multiple spills. 

Stop Line 3 is an indigenous-run initiative looking to pressure the state of Minnesota to halt the construction of the new Line 3 and force Enbridge to clean up the mess already caused by the existing pipeline. The group further seeks to encourage the state to commit to a just transition to renewable energy and the protection of indigenous lands. 

The campaign highlights the numerous dangers the Line 3 project poses to tribal lands and the environment in general -  from oil spills in wetlands and rice beds, which are crucial for the survival of indigenous tribes in the area, to disturbingly high levels of air pollution (Line 3 would contribute more to climate change than the entire economy of Minnesota). 

The campaign further points out that, as per Minnesota’s Department of Commerce, the local market has no need for Line 3’s oil; the entire project, the group maintains, is designed to pad the pockets of the rapidly perishing tar sands industry. 

In order to halt the construction of Line 3 and pressure the state to pivot to a sustainable economy, Stop Line 3 conducts grassroots organising, public awareness campaigns, discussions with politicians, and community meetings, as well as carries out marches and nonviolent direct action.

“It’s well-past time to end the legacy of theft from and destruction of indigenous peoples and territories,” the campaign’s website reads. "We are teaching and learning from each other. We are growing food and investing in renewable energy. Wherever you are and whatever your skill set, there is a place for you in the movement to stop Line 3.”

Please visit Stop Line 3’s website to access its resources, read its latest updates, and take action to stop Enbridge and defend Minnesota’s indigenous tribes. 

The campaign offers instructions on how to get your community to divest from oil, and provides factsheets you can easily share on your social media platforms and among your close circles to help raise awareness of the fight to stop Line 3. 

Image: Tariq Al-Gosaibi