Enbridge's response to ERI briefing about SLAPPs & judicial harassment
It is our strongly held view that EarthRights International erred in its reliance on a single media article to mention Enbridge in its report issued September 2022. Regarding the citations on Pages 8 and 34 of your report, The Guardian story about policing regarding Line 3 protests includes a host of false, inaccurate statements and mischaracterizations. The article in The Guardian, and therefore the EarthRights International report, fails to acknowledge that Enbridge was required by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to fund a Public Safety Escrow Account to reimburse of local governments for public safety costs associated with the Line 3 Replacement Project. This was a condition of our route permit.
The report also fails to acknowledge that this account was not managed by Enbridge, but rather by an independent manager appointed by the State. Enbridge had absolutely no say in how these funds were dispersed... As a company, we recognize the rights of individuals and groups to express their views legally and peacefully.
... We hoped all parties would come to accept the outcome of the thorough, science-based review and multiple approvals of the project... The project was built under the supervision of tribal monitors with authority to stop construction, who ensure that important cultural resources are protected. Thirty tribes took part in the consultation process with the Army Corps of Engineers.