Enbridge calls the Line 3 project a “replacement” because they already have a Line 3 pipeline in their mainline corridor, which transects Northern Minnesota with 6 pipelines in it. But don’t be fooled – this is a new pipeline.
Thanks to our relatives in Standing Rock, the world is beginning to understand that water is life.
A new pipeline corridor crossing Minnesota's lake country would threaten pristine aquatic ecosystems, the largest wild rice bed in the world, the headwaters of the Mississippi River, and and the Great Lake Superior. One-fifth of the world's fresh surface water supply lies here, and it is worth protecting.
The new Line 3 would also pierce the heart of Ojibwe treaty lands, where members of signatory bands retain the rights to hunt, fish, gather, hold ceremony, and travel. It is our responsibility as water protectors to prevent this. We will not allow Line 3 to desecrate our lands, violate our treaty rights, or poison our water. Our wild rice beds, lakes, and rivers are precious – and our regional fisheries generate $7.2 billion annually, and support 49,000 jobs. The tourism economy of northern Minnesota represents $ll.9 billion in gross sales (or 240,000 jobs).
The bottom line is that for a given pipeline in any 10-year period, there is a 57% chance of a major spill. So it’s not a question of if these pipelines will poison our sacred waters and destroy our way of life, but when. That is unacceptable. The real opportunity to create jobs lies in maintaining, cleaning up, and dismantling these old lines.