After protesting the pipeline with signs along Bemidji Avenue, the group launched a canoe painted with protest slogans onto Lake Bemidji.
The 616-mile-long pipeline the protesters are opposed to is Enbridge Energy's Sandpiper line, which would carry about 225,000 gallons of crude oil per day from the Bakken oilfield in western North Dakota to refineries in Superior, Wis. From there, the oil would be transported via other pipelines to refineries in the Southern and Eastern United States and eastern Canada.
Enbridge Energy claims the pipeline would reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil imports while creating local job opportunities.
Honor the Earth officials, however, said they are opposed to the pipeline route because it would run along several bodies of water and multiple wild rice fields. They argue that a major environmental catastrophe could ensue if there's an oil spill.
Greg Chester, an Honor the Earth member, said people need to be aware of the dangers a pipeline can pose to the environment.
"They're threatening our water," Chester said. "If we lose our water, then there's no place here for our children, our grandchildren, or future generations."
Chester said he would like to see...