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Stop Line 3: Field Notes

We stand with the Water Protectors to Stop Line 3. Our Andrew Arrieta has emerged through the protests as an incredible ally and photo journalist.

St. Paul Protest

On January 30th, hundreds of protesters marched to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in St. Paul to demand President Biden direct them to revoke Line 3’s water crossing permit.

The additional carbon emissions from the proposed Line 3 expansion is equivalent to operating 50 new coal plants over thirty to fifty years. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has found if global emissions continue to follow their current trajectory, the global temperature will rise roughly 5.4 degrees (F) by century’s end, resulting in catastrophic changes to the planet.


Palisades Protest

In early January, hundreds of protestors gathered to demand an end to the Line 3 pipeline construction by Enbridge in Aitkin County, Minnesota. The group blocked traffic on U.S. Highway 169 and MPR is reporting eight people were arrested.

The pipeline construction will bring nearly a million barrels of tar sands per day from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin. Tar sands oil is one of the most carbon intensive forms of energy and the US Congressional Research Service found it produces 14% more carbon emissions than conventional crude oils. If global carbon emissions continue to follow their current trajectory, the global temperature will rise roughly 5.4 degrees (F) by century’s end, resulting in catastrophic changes to the planet.

Enbridge has been working on construction of the 338-mile pipeline since December — claiming it will create thousands of construction jobs. Recently, a lawsuit was filed asking a federal court to halt construction, stating the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to address several environmental issues and tribal treaty rights when it approved a water quality permit.


Stay tuned for more updates from the field and follow Andrew’s careful eye at @itsdrw on Instagram.


If you’re looking for more ways to participate in the movement to Stop Line 3, consider the following actions: Sign and share this petition calling on President Biden to revoke the permits and sign the Line 3 Pledge of Resistance. Also, follow the Giniw Collective, Honor The Earth, Camp Migizi, R.I.S.E. Coalition, MN350, and Resist Line 3 and use your platform to share their work. #StopLine3

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