KXL is canceled — time to #StopLine3!

 

The joint Tar Sands Team of 350 Madison and the Wisconsin chapter of the Sierra Club is working in solidarity with people across the Midwest to stop Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, and we need your help!

Line 3 would transport nearly a million barrels of tar sands oil each day from Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wisconsin. Enbridge, a Canadian pipeline company responsible for the largest inland oil spill in US history, wants to run the pipeline through untouched wetlands and the treaty territory of Anishinaabe peoples, through the Mississippi River headwaters to the shore of Lake Superior.

Building the new Line 3 would be a giant step backward:

  • The pipeline would emit 193 million tons of C02, more than Minnesota’s 2016 state total of 154 million tons.
  • The pipeline would have an impact on climate change equivalent to 50 new coal-fired power plants or 38 million additional gasoline vehicles on our roads.

On November 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz approved the permits for the new Line 3, and Enbridge started construction the next day. As you read this, Enbridge contractors are at all the Line 3 stream and river crossings across 1851 treaty land in northern Minnesota tearing out trees and traditional medicines.

Enbridge is racing to finish all the water crossings before the many lawsuits challenging the unpopular decision can be heard and decided. These suits have a good chance of reversing the decision, but Enbridge’s plan is to tell the judge, “We just spent a half a billion dollars on this line — are you going to tell us we have to tear it out?”

How you can help!

Visit stopline3.org/biden to customize a sample letter to President Biden asking him to #StopLine 3.

Lawsuits are being brought by Friends of the Headwaters; Honor the Earth, Red Lake and White Earth Nations, and Sierra Club; the Minnesota Department of Commerce; the Youth Climate Intervenors; and the Fond du Lac, Mille Lacs, Red Lake, and White Earth Bands of Ojibwe. All of the litigants have solid legal arguments and skilled lawyers, but litigation takes a lot of money.

  • Donate to Honor the Earth here.
  • Donate to Friends of the Headwaters here.

Just as at Standing Rock, water protectors in Minnesota are putting themselves on the line each day for the environment and us. Here are some ways that you can help:

  • Join water protectors in northern Minnesota.
    • If you want to spend a good amount of time (2+ weeks) at a frontline camp, fill out this form. An effort will be made to connect with you and find you a place to stay.
    • The Water Protector Welcome Center offers great resources for anyone who wants to go to the frontlines. Learn more here and here.
    • Register here for one of the weekly orientation calls hosted by a #StopLine3 coalition for those who want to learn how to take direct action on the frontlines.
  • Send material support.
      • If you can’t be there, you can help water protectors stay there. You can donate directly to water protectors at the frontlines here.
      • Buy gift cards for water protectors to use in northern Minnesota. Check out this Google doc to learn what stores they patronize and how to buy and send gift cards.

    Mira Grinsfelder, Tar Sands Team member, locks down on 11/18/20 to stop Line 3. Photo: Unicorn Riot.

 

Learn more about the work of the Tar Sands Team here.