A non-violent protest temporarily stopped Enbridge Line 3 construction in Wisconsin, according to an article Wednesday in the Duluth News Tribune. The work stoppage lasted about 2 hours.
Enbridge Energy wants to expand the capacity of their tar sands oil pipeline by leaving their crumbling pipeline in the ground and building a new pipeline on a new route. It will run for more than 1,000 miles from Alberta, Canada, through northern Minnesota, to Superior, Wisconsin. Line 3 threatens some of Minnesota’s most pristine water and indigenous treaty-protected rights to wild rice in the area.
In related news, this Monday, Aug. 28, at 2 p.m., an Administrative Law Hearing on Line 3 will be held at the Public Utilities Commission, 121 7th Place East in St. Paul — Hearing Room 350. The Sierra Club, the Youth Climate Intervenors, and MN350 are asking those opposed to Line 3 to show up and be a visible presence, even though there will not be an opportunity for the public to speak. According to an email:
We must show decision makers that Minnesotans care about environmental protection and that our voices matter — even when they go up against big money like Enbridge. The stakes are too high to let our voices be drowned out.