Anti-Line 3 protestors march through Duluth

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Protestors from Camp Migizi lead “The March for Manoomin” through downtown Duluth Thursday morning calling on the Biden administration to revoke the permits for Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline.

Proponents of the “Stop Line 3” have long opposed the pipeline, saying it will be catastrophic for the climate, violates Anishinaabe treaty rights, and threatens the land and waters across Minnesota. They say, in particular, “Line 3 has harmed manoomin (wild rice) lakes, and a future oil spill could devastate that sacred cultural and food source for the Anishinaabe.”

“We are very much out here in a peaceful way to try to bring awareness to all of this, said Jaike Spotted Wolf, the Matriarch of Leadership at Camp Migizi, “In the meantime when that water supply is destroyed, it will be destroyed not just for the indigenous, but for the population at large.”

Concerning the ongoing protest, Enbridge has said that they “recognize the rights of individuals and groups to express their views legally and peacefully.” Adding that — “Enbridge has demonstrated its commitment to addressing climate change with real action to lead the transition to a lower-carbon future.”

According to Enbridge, state regulators found that denying the pipeline would not have reduced the demand for crude oil, which would instead have to be shipped on rail or through the old pipeline.