Grand Rapids Community Reflects On Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline Anniversary

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: March 04, 2018 11:30 PM

GRAND RAPIDS - Community members gathered at Itasca Community College on Sunday to reflect on the 27th anniversary of the largest oil spill in Minnesota, the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline.

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The non-profit organization, Honor The Earth, hosted a commemorating feast that was held in Backes Student Center at Itasca Community College. The Enbridge Line 3 pipeline rupture was on March 3, 1991. Along with the feast, was a viewing of the 1991 oil spill.

Winona Laduke, the executive director of Honor The Earth, said she wanted to celebrate having clean water.

"Yesterday was the anniversary of the spill and so I think we need to know, and the fact that it got cleaned up just because it was icy and they scraped it up and that was a good thing because all of us that live up here want to have clean water," Laduke said.

Live music and presentations were set up at the event as well. The oil rupture near Itasca Community College spilled over 1.7 million gallons of oil by the Prairie River. About 18 inches of ice on top of the river at the time helped the oil from spreading further and poisoning drinking water.



Alejandra Palacios

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