cloudy.png
Monday October 25th, 2021 3:27PM

Oil pipeline foes protest Enbridge's Line 3 in Minnesota

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

SOLWAY, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters vowing to do whatever it takes to stop a Canadian-based company's push to replace an aging pipeline blocked a pump station Monday in northern Minnesota, with some people chaining themselves to construction equipment before police began making arrests.

Environmental and tribal groups say Enbridge Energy's plan to rebuild Line 3, which would carry Canadian tar sands oil and regular crude from Alberta to Wisconsin, would worsen climate change and risk spills in sensitive areas where Native Americans harvest wild rice, hunt, fish, gather medicinal plants, and claim treaty rights.

By evening, at least 30 people were arrested by state police and sheriff's officers, but the number "is growing rapidly,” Ashley Fairbanks, a spokeswoman for Treaty People Gathering, told The Associated Press.

None of them appeared to resist as allies chanted “We love you.” Protesters said the Treaty People Gathering was the largest show of resistance yet to the project.

The crowd showed no signs of leaving hours after an earlier protest at the headwaters of the Mississippi River, roughly 20 minutes away, where they chanted “Stop Line 3!” and “Water is life!”

“This is important. This is what we need,” actress Jane Fonda told the AP at the rally, motioning toward the crowd as she held signs with President Joe Biden’s image that said, “Which side are you on?”

She urged protesters to keep pressuring Biden to halt construction so his administration can study any harm to the environment and indigenous people. The Mississippi River is one of the water crossings for the pipeline.

Fonda said Line 3 protesters “are going to Standing Rock this place,” referring to the Dakota Access pipeline, which is owned by a different company and was the subject of major protests near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the Dakotas in 2016 and 2017.

Activists said they were pitching tents at the pump station site Monday night, and an AP reporter saw people rolling a large wooden spool that holds wire into a pile of trees and twigs. Police were directing traffic.

Elizabeth Claggett-Borne, 55, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, sat in a beach chair perched in front of a boat blocking the entrance to the work site. She was equipped with a homemade device made of rebar, PVC pipe and handcuffs, in order to make it more difficult for authorities to remove her from the site.

“We’re just foot soldiers,” she said. “But we’re here to stay.”

Minnesota Public Radio News reported that a Border Patrol helicopter at one point hovered about 20 feet (6 meters) off the ground, blowing up sand and dirt, to try to get protesters to leave.

Enbridge said that 44 workers were evacuated from the site in an effort to de-escalate the situation. In a written statement, the company said it “hoped all parties would come to accept the outcome of the thorough, science-based review and multiple approvals of the project.”

Spokeswoman Juli Kellner said the company will assess potential damage once it can safely reenter the site.

Enbridge says the 1960s-era Line 3 pipeline is deteriorating and can run at only about half its original capacity. It says the new line, made from stronger steel, will better protect the environment while restoring its capacity and ensuring reliable deliveries to U.S. refineries.

More than 300 groups delivered a letter to Biden last month calling on him to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to suspend or revoke Enbridge’s federal clean water permit for the project. They urged Biden to follow the example he set on the first day of his administration, when he canceled the disputed Keystone XL pipeline, citing worries about climate change.

Biden has not taken a stand on Line 3, and Minnesota Democratic Gov. Tim Walz is letting the legal process play out.

Biden's administration has declined to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline. In Michigan, Enbridge is defying an order by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to shut down its Line 5 because of the potential for a spill in a channel linking two Great Lakes.

Enbridge is gearing up for a final construction push on Line 3, which clips a corner of North Dakota on its way across northern Minnesota to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. The Canadian and Wisconsin replacement segments are already carrying oil. The Minnesota segment is about 60% complete. The company has said it plans to put the line into service late this year.

Enbridge, which updated the projected total cost for Line 3 in February to $7.3 billion (U.S.), has been touting the economic benefits, including about 4,000 jobs as full-scale work resumes.

Both sides are awaiting a ruling from the Minnesota Court of Appeals on a legal challenge by environmental and tribal groups that want to overturn state regulators’ approval of the project. The court is expected to rule by June 21 on whether Enbridge adequately proved a long-term need.

The independent Public Utilities Commission approved the project, but the state Department of Commerce, two tribes and other opponents argue that the company’s demand projections failed to meet the legal requirements. Enbridge and the PUC say the projections complied.

—-

Associated Press writer Tammy Webber in Fenton, Michigan, contributed to this story.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, Top General short headlines, AP Business, AP Business - Industries, AP Business - Agriculture, AP Business - Utilities
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Oil pipeline foes protest Enbridge's Line 3 in Minnesota
Environmental and tribal groups opposed to Enbridge Energy’s ongoing effort to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline have gathered near the headwaters of the Mississippi River in northern Minnesota
2:34PM ( 3 minutes ago )
Harris says leaders need to restore hope in Guatemala
Vice President Kamala Harris is emphasizing the need to restore hope for residents of struggling Central American nations to help address the increase in migration from the region
2:33PM ( 4 minutes ago )
Carbon dioxide levels hit 50% higher than preindustrial time
Scientists say the annual peak of global heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air has reached another dangerous milestone: 50% higher than when the industrial age began
2:28PM ( 9 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Train barrels into another in Pakistan, killing at least 51
Authorities say an express train barreled into another that had derailed in Pakistan before dawn, killing at least 51 people
1:48PM ( 49 minutes ago )
Peru's presidential runoff election too close to call
A rural teacher-turned-political novice and the daughter of an imprisoned former president have traded the lead in a close race for Peru's presidency
1:40PM ( 57 minutes ago )
Mali junta leader sworn in as president after 2nd coup
Mali's coup leader has been sworn in as president of a transitional government, solidifying his grip on power in the West African nation after carrying out his second coup d’etat in nine months
1:37PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
India to provide free vaccines to all in major policy shift
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his government will provide free coronavirus shots to any adult starting later this month and will take back control of the country’s vaccination drive, marred by delays and shortages
10:30AM ( 4 hours ago )
US stocks edge mostly higher, hovering near record highs
Stocks are nudging mostly higher in early trading, putting the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average back near the record highs they reached a month ago
9:43AM ( 4 hours ago )
The Latest: Moderna seeks to use vaccine for adolescents
Moderna Inc. has filed a request with the European Medicines Agency for its COVID-19 vaccine to be granted authorization for use in adolescents
9:14AM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Business - Industries
Maine's blueberry crop faces climate change peril
Maine’s beloved wild blueberry fields are home to one of the most important fruit crops in New England, and scientists have found they are warming at a faster rate than the rest of the state
7:57AM ( 2 days ago )
UN: Famine is imminent in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region
The U.N. humanitarian chief is warning that famine is imminent in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region and the country’s north and there is a risk that hundreds of thousands of people or more will die
4:38AM ( 2 days ago )
Putin chafes at US, criticizes response to Capitol attack
Russian President Vladimir Putin is setting a tough tone for his summit with U.S. President Joe Biden
7:09PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Business - Agriculture
Stocks open higher, pushing indexes back to weekly gains
Stocks are pushing higher in early trading on Wall Street, putting most major indexes back to gains for the week
9:42AM ( 3 days ago )
Biden widens list of Chinese firms off-limits for investment
China has vehemently objected to U.S. President Joe Biden's expansion of a list of Chinese companies whose shares are off-limits to American investors
8:43AM ( 3 days ago )
Sri Lanka braces for environmental disaster as ship sinks
Authorities in Sri Lanka are trying to head off a potential environmental disaster as a fire-damaged container ship that had been carrying chemicals was sinking off of the country’s main port
11:07PM ( 3 days ago )
AP Business - Utilities
Carbon dioxide levels hit 50% higher than preindustrial time
Scientists say the annual peak of global heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air has reached another dangerous milestone: 50% higher than when the industrial age began
2:28PM ( 10 minutes ago )
New this week: 'In the Heights,' 'Loki' and 'Infinite'
This week’s new entertainment releases include the much-anticipated debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights,” a sweaty, vibrant musical about a close-knit Washington Heights neighborhood
2:12PM ( 25 minutes ago )
FDA approves much-debated Alzheimer’s drug panned by experts
Government health officials have approved the first drug that they say may help slow Alzheimer’s disease
2:12PM ( 26 minutes ago )
Biden invites Ukrainian president to White House this summer
President Joe Biden has invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for a White House visit this summer
2:07PM ( 30 minutes ago )
Djokovic, Nadal beat Italian teens to reach French Open QFs
Novak Djokovic has rallied from a two-set deficit to reach the French Open quarterfinals for the record 15th time
2:06PM ( 31 minutes ago )