What is Line 3?
Ojibwe tribes have led the fight along with community and environmental groups to stop Line 3 in northern MN for 7 years. This pipeline is bringing toxic tar sands from Alberta, Canada to Superior, WI to be shipped through Lake Superior to feed the dwindling global need for filthy dangerous tar sands crude. The current Line 3 is emitting toxic pollutants equivalent to 50 coal plants over an extended period of 30-50 years. All of this is at a time when the demand for tar sands oil is plummeting.
The permit to build Line 3 was issued to the Canadian multi-national corporation Enbridge Energy as a “replacement project” to part of the older, existing line. However, in reality, it is traversing a new route that crosses 200 bodies of water including the Mississippi twice. It cuts across the heart of the Ojibwe territory of lakes and wild rice watersheds, violating indigenous treaty rights and sovereignty and threatening their culture and way of life. And the old corroded pipelines have been left to rot.
Countless protests and actions against Line 3 took place
over the past year. More than 1000 Water Protectors were
arrested for non-violent protests. Indigenous Water
Protectors set up resistance camps along Line 3's construction route. They, and their allies marched to Washington DC, initiated letter writing campaigns to President Biden and other politicians, locked themselves to pipeline equipment, engaged in Life is Water Prayer Walks, donated money, and filed legal challenges. Due to the careful monitoring of Enbridge’s construction of Line 3 by the Water Protectors, on September 16th Enbridge was fined $3.32 million by the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources for failure to follow environmental laws. The MDNR also referred Enbridge for criminal prosecution. Still, tragically, on October 1st, tar sands oil began moving through Line 3. But the struggle against fossil fuel infrastructure projects have not ended.
What is happening now?
Recently, people are fighting Line 5 in Wisconsin
more info to come
On Dec. 14th, in the SF Bay Area, Extinction Rebellion,
with the support of 1000 Grandmothers for Future
Generations and other allies of the Indigenous Water
Protectors, called on the Army Corp of Engineers to
require a federal Environment Impact Statement. This was to
call attention to the fact that rushed construction of Line 3 by Enbridge has caused ongoing permanent damage to the environment.
Photos of some of the Line 3 actions we have been involved with: