As Line 3 construction rolls on, river crossings draw pipeline resisters
June 7, 2021
Thick, leafy ferns skirt the edge of the Mississippi River in a rural area in Aitkin County. The river's waters reflect the tree-lined banks as it winds through oxbow bends.
At a clearing, posted signs warn against trespassing, and the sound of heavy equipment drifts across the river. It's at this site where the Enbridge Energy company plans to bore underneath the Mississippi to install its new Line 3 oil pipeline.
Shanai Matteson, an artist and community organizer, finds herself coming to this place, along a narrow path through a dense forest of maple and birch, often.