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Oil pipeline foes protest Enbridge's Line 3

Oil pipeline foes protest Enbridge's Line 3 Photo: Jane Fleming Kleeb/Twitter

DAVE KOLPACK/Associated Press
Updated: June 07, 2021 05:04 PM
Created: June 07, 2021 03:06 PM

SOLWAY, Minn. (AP) - Environmental and tribal groups opposed to Enbridge Energy’s ongoing effort to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline have gathered near the headwaters of the Mississippi River in northern Minnesota.

They're shouting “Stop Line 3!” and said they blocked a pumping station.

The Canadian-based company is gearing up for a final construction push.

Opponents say it would worsen climate change and risk spills in sensitive areas where Native Americans harvest wild rice, hunt, fish and gather medicinal plants.

They're calling on President Biden to halt the project.

Enbridge says the new line is made from stronger steel and will better protect the environment while restoring its capacity and ensuring reliable deliveries to U.S. refineries.

"The project is already providing significant economic benefits for counties, small businesses, Native American communities, and union members – including creating 5,200 family-sustaining construction jobs, and millions of dollars in local spending and tax revenues," Enbridge spokesperson Juli Kellner sent in an emailed statement to WDIO News. "We hoped all parties would come to accept the outcome of the thorough, science-based review and multiple approvals of the project."

Kellner says protests have had "relatively little impact" on the project’s construction schedule, and that it is on schedule to be complete and in service in the fourth quarter of this year. 

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