Clearbrook, MN – On Indigenous People’s Day 2019, a coalition of climate activists marched to the Enbridge tar sands pipeline terminal located in Clearbrook, Minnesota. The Ginew Collective of indigenous women organized the peaceful march down 470th Street to tell Enbridge, the owner of the pipeline network, that “Line 3 will not be built!“
MN350, Northfield Against Line 3, Rainforest Action Network, and Twin Cities DSA joined Stop Line 3 and Ginew Collective. Proponents of the pipeline have put up “Minnesotans For Line 3” signage all along the “March on Enbridge to Protect the Sacred” planned parade route.
Unicorn Riot covered the event.
Ever since the approval was granted for the proposed Line 3 tar sands pipeline replacement in MN, resistance to the project has been steadily increasing. The Minnesota Department of Commerce said two years ago that in light of the “serious risks” of the existing pipeline and “limited benefit,“
“… Minnesota would be better off if Enbridge proposed to cease operations of the existing Line 3, without any new pipeline being built.” – Minnesota Department of Commerce, 2017
The “March in Enbridge to Protect the Sacred” event page states that the event would honor the “resilience of Indigenous communities protecting the sacred here in what’s now Minnesota and across Turtle Island.” It continued,
We call attention to the vastly disproportionat
e impacts Line 3 has on Anishinaabe communities: imminent threats tar sands pose to water, violation of treaty rights, irrevocable impacts on our manoomin (sacred wild rice), and all life that depends on it, to the direct link between the fossil fuel industry and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives (MMIWR).
The MN Public Utilities Commission was ordered in June to submit a new Environmental Impact Statement after courts determined the previous EIS inadequate. The project would be one of the largest infrastructure projects in the history of North America, and the largest-ever project undertaken by Enbridge, which is portraying its project as a $2.6 billion “private investment.” Pipeline has already been laid out in the neighboring state of Wisconsin.
Read about our past Enbridge Line 3 coverage here:
Unicorn Riot's Line 3 Oil Pipeline Coverage:
- Direct Action Ramps Up Resistance to Line 3 - Sept. 18, 2017
- Resistance to Line 3 Pipeline Seeks to Save Sacred Manoomin - Oct. 9, 2017
- Rally Against Line 3 Minnesota Pipe Yards - Dec. 11, 2017
- Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Requests Line 3 Schedule Change - Jan. 10, 2018
- Interfaith Community Delivers Letter of Line 3 Opposition to Minnesota Government Offices - June 4, 2018
- As Line 3 Oil Pipeline Decision Looms, Indigenous Resistance Increases - June 26, 2018
- Line 3 Oil Pipeline Approved By Minnesota Regulators - June 28, 2018
- Judge Accepts Water Protectors’ Climate Change Necessity Defense - July 18, 2018
- Minnesota Police Train at Military Base as Line 3 Pipeline Protests Escalate - Oct 25, 2018
- Arts, Culture, and Hip Hop Resist Line 3 as Lawsuits Against Approval Continue - Dec 29, 2018
- ‘Valve Turners’ Shut Down Enbridge Oil Pipelines in Minnesota - Feb 4, 2019
- Multi-Agency Task Force Prepares “Rules of Engagement” For Line 3 Protests - Feb 11, 2019
- Direct Action in Minnesota as Line 3 Pipeline Approval Reversed - June 3, 2019
- Hundreds Rally in Opposition to Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline in Minnesota
- March to Protect The Sacred on Indigenous People’s Day 2019 - Oct 14, 2019
- “Divest from Climate Change!” Chase Bank Branch Protested on Opening Day - Nov 7, 2019