STOP LINE 3 UPDATE: FURTHER ECOLOGICAL DEVASTATION AND THREATS FROM LINE 3 CONSTRUCTION WERE IDENTIFIED

AFTER 7 YEARS OF RESISTANCE FROM INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AND CLIMATE ACTIVISTS, ENBRIDGE ENERGY ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK THAT THE NEW LINE 3 PIPELINE WOULD BE “SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETED AND SET TO BE FULLY OPERATIONAL.”

Enbridge’s press announcement by the company gave the date of Oct 1 and a regulatory filing listed Oct 4th. At this writing the company has not provided an update, and observers on the ground report ongoing construction activity as well as serious environmental incidents. 

Leaders from across the movement to stop Line 3 responded to the announcement, mourning the harm Line 3 has already caused and the risks it poses to the land, the water, and the people. Water protectors have vowed to continue resisting Line 3 and other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in Minnesota and across Turtle Island to continue to keep climate-devastating tar sands oil in the ground. Last week...

IN RESPONSE TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT COMPLETION OF LINE 3

FURTHER ECOLOGICAL DEVASTATION AND THREATS FROM LINE 3 CONSTRUCTION WERE IDENTIFIED

  • At the Clearwater River Crossing, emergency waste containment holding tanks have been erected as untreated wastewater and chemicals continue to seep out from the land where Line 3 construction bored under the river. Find additional photos of the damage here.

  • White Earth Tribal Chairman was joined by the Indigenous Environmental Network’s independent monitor and additional water protectors to record live statements in response to this ongoing environmental hazard, as well as the recently publicly reported aquifer breach Enbridge caused through negligence during last winter’s construction.

  • Researchers in the movement raised concerns about the lack of the “Decommissioning Trust Fund,” Enbridge was supposed to have in place by the start of Line 3’s operation. The Public Utilities Commission has yet to open proceedings about this fund, which should have been established “to cover the costs of decommissioning and removing the new Line 3 at the end of the pipeline’s operation.”  

Tara Houska speaks at a press conference to address the Line 3 Pipeline project at Nymore Beach on September 4, 2021 in Bemidji, Minnesota. Houska was joined by U.S. House members speaking about their opposition to the oil pipeline before visiting a site where the line crosses the Mississippi River. Photo: Getty Image.

Tara Houska speaks at a press conference to address the Line 3 Pipeline project at Nymore Beach on September 4, 2021 in Bemidji, Minnesota. Houska was joined by U.S. House members speaking about their opposition to the oil pipeline before visiting a site where the line crosses the Mississippi River. Photo: Getty Image.

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UPCOMING EVENT

  • From October 11 to 15, thousands of people will participate in civil disobedience at the White House and demand that President Biden choose a side: People vs. Fossil Fuels. Water protectors from Minnesota and allies will deliver approximately 1 million   petitions to the US Army Corps of Engineers offices in Washington DC at 1:30 pm on Tuesday Oct 12th, demanding Line 3 receive a full Environmental Impact Statement.

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