Finding hope in water protectors’ recent bleak weeks: Solidarity

The state’s welcoming committee for the ‘Treaties Not Tar Sands’ event Aug. 25

Let’s be honest. For those who have spent years opposing the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline, these last few weeks have been pretty painful.

The Treaties Not Tar Sands rally on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds Aug. 23-26 was met with concrete barricades, fencing, and large law enforcement contingent. It was unnecessary, unwelcoming, and un-American.

The legal avenues closed on efforts to reverse the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s Line 3 permits. The Minnesota Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Line 3 water crossing permit.

Enbridge said all new Line 3 pipeline is in the ground and buried.

There still are lawsuits pending at the federal level to stop Line 3, and to pressure Biden to take action.

Remember, the courts do get things wrong. In Plessy v. Ferguson, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 7-1 to uphold a “Separate but Equal” law.

So far, the courts have got it wrong on Line 3.

The Stop Line 3 campaign will be entering a new phase. I don’t know what that is yet.

I do know Enbridge has less than a decade before it has to move the other five pipelines in its mainline corridor. Its easement to cross the Leech Lake Reservation expires in 2029 and Leech Lake has been clear it wants the pipelines gone.

There’s more work ahead and the movement is getting stronger.

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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