For the past six years, Indigenous communities & environmental groups have fought against the expansion and approval of the Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota at great physical and personal cost.
Line 3 is a pipeline by Canadian oil giant, Enbridge Energy, that has the capacity to carry millions of barrels of tar sands a day from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin – crossing over 200 bodies of water, including untouched wetlands & the treaty territories of the Anishinaabe people, threatening irreversible environmental & ecological disturbances, & violating treaty rights.
Water Protectors have faced abhorrent violence and prosecutorial overreach for trying to defend the land and protect people from Enbridge’s extensive track record of pipeline spills, including the largest US inland oil spills to date: the 1991 Line 3 spill & the 2010 Kalamazoo River spill. With Line 3 now fully operational, we can expect Enbridge to deliver a similar environmental catastrophe on North America’s water, soil, & wildlife resources.
When we started this collection, the fight to stop Enbridge from completing their Line 3 construction was still an ongoing battle. Since then, Enbridge announced a substantial completion of their Line 3 expansion and tar sands have been flowing through the pipeline. However, resistance to Enbridge and Line 3 is not over. Water protectors and Indigenous environmental activists continue to carefully watch for environmental harm and have already reported negative impacts on water sources and wild rice beds. Additionally, front line activists who were arrested resisting the pipeline’s construction are still facing a lengthy and expensive legal battle as counties have been emboldened to hit them with trumped up charges in support of Enbridge, a company that already spent $4.8 Million to pay local police to act as their private security detail.
A portion of the proceeds from this collection will be donated to Protest Law to help pay for the legal costs of protestors who were arrested opposing Line 3 construction but we encourage our supporters to make their own donations as well. Donate: https://www.protestlaw.org/line
Link: Additional resource for action. The burden to defend Indigenous treaty rights, land and water is not theirs to bear alone.