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10 Nov 2021

EarthRights International

NGO factsheet outlines repression of Indigenous-led resistance to Line 3 pipeline

" Line 3: The Violent Repression of Indigenous-Led Resistance to Climate-Damaging Industries ," 10 Nov. 2021

... The [Line 3] pipeline corridor runs through untouched wetlands and the Mississippi River headwaters to the shore of Lake Superior. Construction on the pipeline began in late 2020 and ended in October of 2021, despite vociferous opposition from an Indigenous-led movement of water protectors in Minnesota.

... The Line 3 pipeline will have profound impacts on the climate. Based on the amount of carbon in the oil that Line 3 would move, water protectors calculate that building it is equivalent to building 50 new coal-fired power plants. Tar sands are among the dirtiest, costliest, and most carbon-intensive fuel sources on the planet.

... [T]he impacts of Line 3 for the climate and the violations of Indigenous communities’ rights associated with the construction of the project clash with the ambitious climate action commitments that the Biden administration was calling for in the lead up to COP 26.

... In the case of Line 3, Indigenous-led water protectors and those associated with them have faced substantial repression at the hands of public security forces (county sheriffs), including surveillance, harassment, intimidation, pretextual stops, and criminalization.