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Line 3 opponents turn up the heat with protest, confrontation


Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

Law enforcement agents formed a line in front of a wall of protestors who sat just in front of a locked gate at an Enbridge pump station on Monday.

PARK RAPIDS, Minn. – About 2,000 people marched down a sun-soaked rural highway in western Minnesota on Monday as opposition to the half-built Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline reached a fever pitch on a sweltering day.

"Defend the sacred, stop the pipeline," Indigenous activists and their allies chanted in waves as they approached a stretch of Mississippi River not far from the headwaters. "This is what treaty rights look like."

About 20 miles away, several hundred protesters disrupted construction at a pump station for the $3 billion pipeline that will carry 790,000 barrels of Canadian oil daily from Alberta to the Enbridge terminal in Superior, Wis. They locked themselves to equipment and blocked the access road with debris.



This morning, water protectors began a direct action at Two Inlets pump against Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline. In recent hours, police began to raid the site. In the ensuing chaos, upwards of 50 water defenders were arrested.

Local police have billed thousands of hours to the Enbridge-funded "Public Safety Escrow Account" overseen by the state of Minnesota, leading many to ask, who are the police "protecting"?

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