On Tuesday morning, three self-described “water protectors” locked to one another inside of a Line 3 pipeline segment near the Crow Wing River, while dozens more rallied in support, according to a news release.
The location is near the proposed crossing by the Line 3 replacement project through the Crow Wing River.
“Multiple tribally-led lawsuits are yet to be heard as Enbridge works non-stop to bulldoze Line 3 through Anishinaabe territory and the hundreds of wetlands and water bodies that lie in its path. The route is through an area untouched by tar sands infrastructure, as Enbridge plans to build a new corridor for its lines,” said the news release.
Ariee Shaw, one of the protestors, said, “There are two sides in this fight against Line 3. Those protecting water, land, food, and Indigenous sovereignty. And those protecting corporate greed and earth’s destruction. I’m locking down today because I know what side I’m on.”
Jack Keenan, another activist, said, “I am locking down in solidarity with the Anishinaabe, the Wet’suwet’en, and all people whose survival is threatened by so-called ‘critical infrastructure.; To risk the health of waterways and wild rice beds in service of fossil fuel extraction is insanity; to disregard the lives and livelihoods of Indigenous peoples is genocide, plain and simple.”