Line 3 Updates: Rep. Ilhan Omar Opposes Pipeline; Facebook Shuts Down Direct Action Group’s Page

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has taken a strong stand against the Enbridge Line 3 crude oi pipeline, writing Gov. Tim Walz a letter asking him to continue the Dayton Administration’s lawsuit to stop this dangerous and unnecessary project that violates treaty rights. In a second letter, Omar wrote the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expressing her opposition to the project. The Corps needs to grant water-related permits for Line 3 to move ahead.

In related news, the four people involved in a direct action against Enbridge Lines 3 and 4 earlier this week have been released from the Itasca County jail. They face both felony and misdemeanor charges. Facebook has shut down a Catholic Worker Facebook Page that included video of the action. Continue reading

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Line 3 Resistance Training Offered; Red Lake Nation to Host ‘Pow Wow Over the Pipeline’

A group calling itself Line 3 Resistance Project is holding training sessions for those interested in learning the basics about direct action and to teach people their rights during a protest.

As an email describes it: “Get the skills to halt the pipeline through a series of direct action trainings designed for everyone from beginners to experienced activists. … To register and learn more about upcoming training’s visit us at stopline3trainings.com.”

Once again, quick background: Enbridge is a Canadian oil transportation company. Enbridge Line 3 runs through northern Minnesota and is old and failing. Enbridge wants to abandon it in the ground and build a new and larger Line 3 along a new 337-mile route, crossing the Mississippi headwaters and near wild rice lakes and rivers. It has drawn strong opposition from indigenous and environmental groups. It also has drawn comparisons to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Here are the upcoming trainings: Continue reading