A Visit With Water Protectors in Northern Minnesota to STOP LINE 3, by Susu Jeffrey

The pipeline runs across 800 water bodies and the headwaters of southbound Mississippi River, Hudson Bay to the north, and east out the Great Lakes. This is the great continental divide area for North American water.  

By Susu Jeffrey Original to Rise Up Times  March 24, 2021

The Water Protectors encampment in Palisade, Minnesota is on County Road 10, across the street from the Mississippi River. Campers intend to nonviolently stop construction of the LINE 3 Canadian Enbridge tar sands oil pipeline. Tents and circular yurts are scattered in the woods. A huge kettle is boiling down sap from the maples being tapped.

It is a three-hour drive from Minneapolis, north on 169 into Aitkin County, then east on County 3 through Palisade. Just past town pick up the Great River Road, County 10, that parallels the Mississippi east-north-east for 15 miles to the encampment. There are signs and a locked gate that will be opened for you.

Plan to arrive and depart during daylight. Come “with a good heart.” The camp needs everything, everything except plastic, glass or cans. Bring groceries in a paper bag, a homemade treat, some socks. Wear boots, it’s muddy. If you bring a heavy garbage bag you could pack-out recyclables and maybe stop at Grande Casino Mille Lacs for a snack on the way home.

The campers exude a kind of calm peacefulness that develops when you’re living outside albeit with sheriff deputies and police just down the road. The LINE 3 construction area is the largest, cleanest wetlands in our state, a wild rice garden.

LINE 3 is 337-miles long and could transport nearly a million barrels of the thick tar sands per day from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin. The pipeline runs across 800 water bodies and the headwaters of southbound Mississippi River, Hudson Bay to the north, and east out the Great Lakes. This is the great continental divide area for North American water.

  • Take Action: Since LINE 3 is an international and multi-state project: Consider applying pressure at the federal level. The White House phone comment line is closed.

  • Email your message to Pres. Biden at: www.whitehouse.gov/contact.

  • To contact newly confirmed Laguna Pueblo Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, email exsec@ios.doi.gov.

Tar sands is the dirtiest, most profitable oil that can be sucked out of the earth. Canadian tar sands oil would furnish the next generation or two with enough fossil fuel to guarantee climate catastrophe on steroids. All pipelines are subject to leaking especially where the flat steel sheet is rolled into a tube and fused by soldering or at any joint.

The nine-month LINE 3 construction project began December 2020 and is scheduled to be completed about August 2021. Despite indigenous and environmental opposition Minnesota statewide politicians, all Democrats, are in lockstep favor of this “temporary job—permanent pollution” energy plan including Governor Tim Walz, Anishinabe Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith.

Tar sands oil pipe LINE 3 is being tunneled under the Mississippi River at Palisade.

It’s pretty obvious LINE 3 is being built, thousands of trees cut and the land surface ripped open, but the Keystone XL pipeline was built and then cancelled by Pres. Biden. On his first day in office the president revoked the 1,179-mile Keystone permit from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska where it would have joined an existing pipe to carry 830,000 barrels of oil daily.

Since LINE 3 is an international and multi-state project: Consider applying pressure at the federal level. The White House phone comment line is closed. Email your message to Pres. Biden at: www.whitehouse.gov/contact. To contact newly confirmed Laguna Pueblo Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, email exsec@ios.doi.gov.

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