Minneapolis Takes Position Against Enbridge Line 3 in Unanimous Resolution | Latin post


With a 13-0 vote, Minneapolis City Council unanimously opposes Line 3 oil sands pipeline project – joining call for resistance from climate justice groups, communities indigenous people and ordinary citizens.

In the resolution adopted by the municipal council, he declared that “the city of Minneapolis opposes the construction of the Enbridge Energy Line 3 oil sands pipeline and calls on all elected leaders with the power to stop its construction to do so immediately.”

City council member Jeremy Schroder, also a sponsor of the resolution, said the downed Minneapolis Line 3 project would add nearly 200 million tonnes of climate pollution per year – more than the aggregate of the state of Minnesota generates.

“Today’s action by Minneapolis City Council is further evidence of growing opposition to Line 3,” said Brett Benson, communications director for the local environmental nonprofit MN350, said in a statement. “The pipeline repeatedly turns out to be a bad deal for Minnesotans. It not only tramples on tribal sovereignty and will dump hundreds of millions of tons of climate pollution into the atmosphere, but also costs Minnesota taxpayers millions of dollars. dollars in bailouts for local governments It’s time to end this fiasco.

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Sections of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline are visible by a “No Entry” sign at the construction site in Park Rapids, Minnesota, June 6, 2021. – Line 3 is an oil sands pipeline which connects Hardisty, Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wisconsin in the United States. In 2014, a new Line 3 pipeline route was proposed to allow the daily transport of an increased volume of oil. Although this project has been approved in Canada, Wisconsin and North Dakota, it has met with continued resistance from climate justice groups and Native American communities in Minnesota. While many are concerned about potential oil spills along Line 3, some Native American communities in Minnesota have opposed the project on the basis of treaty rights and called on President Biden to revoke permits and stop construction.

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A protracted battle

An article on the Stop Line 3 web page explains that Enbridge’s Line 3 is a proposed pipeline extension project to transport nearly one million barrels of oil sands each day from Alberta in Canada to Superior, Wisconsin in the United States. Proposed in 2014 by Canadian pipeline company Enbridge, the new line will cross unspoiled wetlands, the Anishinaabe peoples’ treaty territory, across the Mississippi River to the shores of Lake Superior.

Line 3 has been in dispute for decades now, with the old pipeline being built in the 1960s by the Lakehead Pipeline Company before being replaced by Enbridge. The Canadian energy company is now replacing old lines and has traversed half of the wetlands and forests of northern Minnesota. in a $ 2.6 billion pipeline project. He was arrested in December 2019 after the city of Minneapolis declared a climate emergency.

On the other hand, Enbridge explains on its website “Why Minnesota Needs Line 3Recognizing how the line has been an “essential component” of the company’s pipeline transportation system, the replacement of Line 3 will ensure the supply of crude oil necessary for refineries supplying Minnesota, its neighboring states, as well as Eastern Canada and the Gulf. It also explains the benefits of the project: including jobs, economic effects, and long-term benefits to the state.

The problem of pipelines

On March 3, 1991, the old Line 3 pipeline, then owned by Lakehead Pipeline, ruptured in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. This resulted in a massive oil spill of about 1.7 million gallons of crude oil flowing into the frozen Prairies River. Fortunately, the tributary was frozen, preventing the oil spill from reaching the main Mississippi River 2 miles away.

Almost two decades later, in 2010, an Enbridge-operated pipeline, Line 6B, also ruptured and poured crude oil into Talmadge Creek, which was a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. It took five years and more than a billion dollars to clean up this oil spill.

The 1991 event was the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history, with the 2010 spill also being considered one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history. land never recorded.

Protesters say the events clearly mark the risks of building pipelines to Minnesota waters as Enbridge argues the old Line 3 needs to be replaced, assuring people that technology and safety have improved since then.

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