Hundreds Rally in Opposition to Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline in Minnesota

Duluth, MN – Hundreds are gathering today along the shores of Lake Superior. The Gichi-gami (“Lake Superior” in Ojibwe) Gathering‘s goal is to bring together opponents of the Line 3 oil pipeline to express their ongoing opposition to the tar sands pipeline project.

Opponents of the oil project have explained,

If built, Line 3 would carry dirty tar sands oil through critical ecological and cultural resources including Ojibwe treaty land, wild rice lakes, and the headwaters of the Mississippi River, as well as enabling expanded development of tar sands, one of the most climate-polluting fuels on the planet.” – Gabby Brown with Sierra Club

The rally comes at the end of a week of protests across planet Earth designed to bring attention to the ongoing mass extinction event tied to human-accelerated climate change.

Protests and actions have been continuous against the tar sands Line 3 pipeline as indigenous groups and allies defend native treaty rights and cultural resources. The actions have included lock-downs across the state, and a constant legal battle in the courts.

Although recently the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline has been denied a necessary water crossing permit, it is uncertain how this most recent decision will affect Enbridge’s timeline. The company already has pipe materials stored in northern Minnesota, and seems to be operating under the assumption that it will have the permits by the end of 2019 and be able to enter service by the latter half of 2020.

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