In northern Minnesota, where resistance to construction of the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline continues, four water protectors on Monday locked themselves to each other and to machines halting a pipeline worksite near Hay Creek. Their protest followed similar direct actions last week.
Water protector 1: “This pipeline and all pipelines like it are violations of Indigenous rights and an assault on our collective future in a world of increasing climate crisis.”
Water protector 2: “I am here to stand with Indigenous people and sovereignty, to protect their land against Big Oil industries that are hell-bent on destroying the land, taking from the people and making profits. [bleep] Enbridge!”
Water protector 3: “I’m doing this action in support of Indigenous resistance and supporting stopping Line 3 and support the incredible Indigenous-led movement. I’m doing this for future generations. I’m doing this because I hope to raise a child one day in this world. And climate change is too urgent. We can’t wait on politicians that fail us. We have to take action.”
More than 700 water protectors protesting Line 3 have been arrested to date. If completed, the pipeline would carry more than 750,000 barrels of Canadian tar sands oil a day across Indigenous land and fragile ecosystems. Line 3 has the backing of the Biden administration.