Protester safely removed from trench along Line 3 Pipeline

Protester safely removed from trench along Line 3 Pipeline Photo: Virginia Fire Department

Updated: January 22, 2021 09:31 PM
Created: January 22, 2021 09:17 PM

A protester was safely removed from a trench along the Line 3 Pipeline Friday evening.

In a statement on their Facebook page, the Virginia Fire Department said: "A protester made the unwise decision to climb into an unprotected trench along the Line 3 pipeline. This particular trench was 10 feet deep and 12 feet wide. The soil was comprised of fine sand, which was actively sloughing into the trench placing this individual in peril of being buried alive as the wall continued to collapse."

According to the Viriginia Fire Department, officials from Carlton County Sheriffs Office, Carlton Fire and the Cloquet Area Fire District tried to convince the protester to climb out of the trench, but they didn't

As a result, #ArrowheadUSAR deployed their team of trench rescue technicians and equipment to assist in safely removing the protester.

According to the Virginia Fire Department, the protester made the decision to exit the trench after USAR team leadership spoke to them about the risks of the situation they were in.

Copyright 2021 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

Duluth & St. Louis County at the Capitol Days prioritize broadband expansion

Grandma's Sports Garden to reopen as event center

New 'Duluth Aging Support' nonprofit focusing on providing essential resources for seniors

Essentia Health launches 24-hour substance use hotline

One in custody, fire put out after standoff in Superior

Minnesota COVID-19 Update Thursday