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Hundreds of activists, allies protest Enbridge Line 3 pipeline at Mississippi River headwaters


Protesters march on County Road 9 in Clearwater County over a Mississippi River bridge and into marshlands to the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline construction site to voice concerns, and demonstrate, over the continued construction of the pipeline. (Michael Achterling / Tribune)

CLEARWATER COUNTY, Minn. - Water protectors, indigenous leaders and activists showed up by the thousands in Clearwater County Monday, June 7, to protest continued construction of the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline through northern Minnesota.

After marching for nearly 2 miles to the Mississippi River, activists were met with no resistance from the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office deputies who were on scene to keep the peace and protect the protestors on County Road 9. Those gathered remained peaceful throughout the afternoon and loudly voiced their concerns through chants and singing.

"A spill, a rupture will harm the environment in this area," said Dawn Goodwin, co-founder of RISE (Resilient Indigenous Sisters Engaging). "Climate change, that oil is the dirtiest oil and will emit so much CO2 into our environment it would be equal to building 50 new coal plants."


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