Arrests Made after 3rd Protest at Enbridge Site

August 30, 2017 06:12 PM

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office arrested six people Tuesday after the third protest at an Enbridge pipeline construction site near Superior in the past eight days.

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Enbridge said Tuesday's protest again interrupted construction on the Line 3 replacement project. Protests also happened at the site on Aug. 21 and 25, but no arrests had been made on those dates.

"While our preference is always to seek to resolve differences of opinion through dialogue – peacefully and respectfully, we can’t continue to tolerate trespassing, vandalism, or unlawful actions that put people and the environment at risk," Enbridge said in a news release.

While protestors question the safety of the pipeline, Enbridge says the purpose of the Line 3 replacement is to keep its pipeline system safe. Work has started on the Wisconsin side of the line while regulatory approval remains pending in Minnesota.

Enbridge said they are concerned about the safety of their workers, the community, and the project after the last protests. 

"It provides for an intimidating and unsafe environment not just for the individuals that access the site, but for the workers and the community," Enbridge's project director, Paul Eberth, said.  "We cant continue to tolerate that behavior."

The three women and three men arrested Tuesday face charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct, and five are also accused of resisting/obstructing. Three are from Cloquet, while the others are from Michigan, South Dakota, and Saskatchewan.  The three women were released Wednesday. 

A post on the Facebook page of Honor the Earth, which opposes the pipeline, said more protests are planned for the coming weekend at Enbridge pipeline sites in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Their National Campaigns Director, Tara Houska, said, "Protesters are demonstrating that people are willing to stand up for the environment," and said companies like Enbridge are bullies. 


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