Line 3 update and other news

In this blog:

  • Watch the Line photo update
  • More water protectors arrested
  • New frontline Line 3 resistance camp opens
  • Enbridge defies Michigan order to shut down Line 3
  • Webinar: “People or Polluters: Who Must Minnesota Agencies Protect?”
  • Webinar: “Crimes against nature through the lens of Indigenous Sovereignty”

Line 3 construction update

Photo from Aitkin County just east of the Willow River. Credit: Watch the Line
As close as monitors could get to the Willow River Crossing. This is one of 21 sites where Enbridge is using horizontal directional drilling to bore under a water body. Credit: Watch the Line

Enbridge has divided construction into five spreads.

Enbridge is building Line 3 simultaneously along five “spreads.” (Spread 1 is divided into Spread 1A (grey) and Spread 1B (yellow).

According to Enbridge’s latest weekly update, ending Jan. 9, work is furthest ahead in Section 1, the northwest corner of the state. Enbridge has cleared nearly 90 percent of the route there, graded topsoil along more than half the route, laid out pipeline along 43 percent of the route, and trenched for six percent of the route.

Click the link above for details.

More water protector arrests

This morning, water protectors locked themselves to each other inside a Line 3 pipe, halting construction at an Enbridge worksite as dozens more held space, according to a media release from the Giniw Collective.  

The site is a few miles from a large Enbridge man camp operating in Backus. Enbridge is working 24 hours a day at several, as courts are set to hear a request from tribes to stop construction. 

According to several cultural site maps, numerous sacred and significant sites lie in the path of the Line 3 project. 

Water Protectors Abby Hornberger and Andrew Lee. Credit: Giniw Collective

New Line 3 frontline resistance camp opens

Camp Miigizi recently opened near Sawyer. It’s a frontline, Indigenous-led camp resisting Line 3. Here’s its Facebook page.

Here are other links to support frontline camps.

  • Here’s a link to Stop Line 3 that provides a number of different options, including supporting Honor the Earth and the Giniw Collective.
  • Here’s a link to the Red Lake Treaty Camp Facebook page.
  • MN350’s Pipeline Resistance Team also is running a front-line support drive. Here is a link with current requests. People can drop of food, gear or cash donations at the MN350 office, 4407 E Lake St. Minneapolis, all month. Drop off times are Tuesdays and Fridays 9 am – noon; and Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm. (They have freezer space and can accept frozen items.) Outside office hours drop-offs, contact Bernadette

Enbridge defies Michigan demand to shut down Line 5 tar sands pipeline

Enbridge seems to think it’s the Emperor of Michigan.

It’s a scary prospect for Minnesota, where Enbridge operates multiple crude oil pipelines.

Last November, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Enbridge to shut down its Line 5 pipeline by May. Line 5 runs along the floor of the Straits of Mackinac, the site where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet. Whitmer revoked Enbridge’s easement, citing the pipeline’s structural problems.

Enbridge announced Tuesday “it would defy Michigan’s demand … contending that Gov. Whitmer’s decision “was based on bad information and political posturing.”

Michigan has had its fair share of problems with Enbridge in the past. In 2010, Enbridge Line 6B burst, sending more than 1 million gallons of tar sands crude into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River, according to Wikipedia. A 35-mile stretch of the river was closed for nearly two years. Clean-up costs topped $1.2 billion; Enbridge’s fines topped $180 million.

Webinar: “People or Polluters: Who Must Minnesota Agencies Protect?”

WaterLegacy invites you to a webinar: “People or Polluters: Who Must Minnesota Agencies Protect?” Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Registration required, click here.

According to the invitation:

For decades, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has used every trick in the book to avoid enforcement of water quality standards for major ions in order to avoid conflict with polluters and their enablers. Now the MPCA has proposed rules to deregulate mining pollution in the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior watersheds.

Learn how state agencies fail to protect clean water and what you can do about it.

Webinar: “Crimes against nature through the lens of Indigenous Sovereignty”

Two webinars will explore what it would mean to make ecocide — crimes against nature — as an element of international law. Both webinars will feature panelists who are Indigenous and have been working on these issues.

The first webinar is “Crimes against Nature through the lens of Indigenous Sovereignty.” It will be held Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m. Central time.

The second webinar is “From the Grassroots to the Courts: How criminalizing ecocide could benefit frontline defenders.” It will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. Central time.

To register, click here. The webinars are being hosted by Stop Ecocide and RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs).

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