- PUC rejects nearly $100,000 in Line 3 reimbursements sought by the Beltrami County Sheriff
- Northern Lights Task Force launches “Operation River Crossing” for Line 3
- Enbridge faces tough questioning on the need for Line 3
- U. of M. students press Regents to denounce and defund Line 3, seek public support
- Stronger Together to Stop DAPL, Line 3 event Tuesday, March 30
Hint: It’s a secret
Almost two years ago, Unicorn Riot published an investigative piece on how the state of Minnesota was preparing to respond to expected protests over construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. (Multi-Agency Task Force Prepares “Rules of Engagement” For Line 3 Protests.)
It pulled the curtain back on the “Northern Lights Task Force,” a group that was “stockpiling equipment and training police in preparation for Line 3 pipeline protests across the state.”
The coordination involved law enforcement agencies from states across the region including Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Documents showed that state officials had created an incident ‘Mobile Response Teams’ (or ‘MRTs’) to rapidly deploy and “confront any protest against the pipeline” in each of the State Patrol districts.
More than four months ago, when it began to look like the state would approved Line 3, Healing Minnesota Stories wrote the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to ask for basic information on the Northern Lights Task Force.
So far, the department hasn’t provided any information.Continue reading
Unicorn Riot has uncovered documents revealing Minnesota has created a task force “stockpiling equipment and training police in preparation for Line 3 pipeline protests across the state.” According to its Feb. 11 story: Multi-Agency Task Force Prepares “Rules of Engagement” For Line 3 Protests: “The documents show coordination between various law enforcement agencies from states across the region including Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.”
Called the Northern Lights Task Force, it’s already coordinating communications and resources with Enbridge, the story said. Hundreds of officers have already taken trainings on how to respond to civil disobedience. Continue reading