Response to Enbridge Line 3 pipeline commissioning on October 1
From Winona LaDuke:
âLine 3 is a crime against the environment and indigenous rights, waters and lands, and it marks the end of the oil sands era, but not the end of resistance to it. Enbridge rushed to build this line before the Federal Court handed down judgment on our appeals regarding the line, but the folks did: Executive Director of Honor the Earth. âAnd I personally want to recognize the many water protectors over the years who have come from Indigenous communities, towns in Minnesota and across the country to put their lives on hold to bear witness to the dangerous environmental madness that is there. line 3. Your courageous efforts on Enbridge Line 3 have reshaped the worldview on the climate crisis we find ourselves in, Anishinaabe treaty rights and the growing divestment in fossil fuels around the world and here with us. hero of this tragic saga.
From the GOP:
Minority parliamentary leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and House Republican official for the environment and natural resources committee, Representative Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, released the following statement regarding the news of the September 29 that the Line 3 replacement project is complete and will be in service from October 1.
âThe completion of the Line 3 Replacement Project is great news for Minnesota, our environment and the thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in private investment this project has brought to our state. Despite the best efforts of protesters and the lawless actions of many, Line 3 will become one of the most studied environmental projects in state history and soon bring oil safely to market. It is a great day for our state. “
United States Representative Pete Stauber
Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) released the following statement celebrating the completion of the Line 3 replacement project and establishing an October 1 commissioning date.
âThe completion of Line 3 is good news and a major achievement for our state. This would not have been possible without the hard work of the union members, contractors and tribe members who successfully and safely managed its construction, as well as those who ardently championed this replacement project. President Biden, several congressional progressives and anti-employment activists continue to do everything in their power to eliminate necessary energy projects, which makes the news of the completion of this project particularly edifying. It’s a victory for every Minnesotan, and I look forward to seeing Line 3 positively impact our state’s economy and environment for many years to come.
State Republicans have shared the following statements on the completion of Line 3.
Senator Justin Eichorn (R-Grand Rapids)
From Senator Justin Eichorn (R-Grand Rapids):
âThe completion of the Line 3 pipeline is a huge victory for the people of northern Minnesota. Line 3 protects our environment, creates well-paying jobs and invests in our region. This project has been a huge undertaking and I would like to thank everyone who worked tirelessly to make Line 3 happen.
Senator Paul Utke (R- Park Rapids)
From Senator Paul Utke (R-Park Rapids):
âI am pleased to see that the major Line 3 replacement project is finally coming to an end. Science has repeatedly supported the safety and merits of this business, and we have already seen benefits for our communities, our businesses and our economies. I would like to especially thank the workers who made this project possible, and all the law enforcement personnel who worked in peacekeeping at the project sites. “
Senators Johnson, Eichorn and Utke represent some of the communities along Line 3.
Senator Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake)
From Senator Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake):
âI am pleased that the construction of Line 3 is finally completed. The pipeline is important to Minnesota’s energy future by improving safety and reliability. Line 3 is clear proof that you can protect the environment while creating high paying jobs.
Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller (R- Winona)
Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller (R-Winona):
âThis project provided well paid jobs for hundreds of Minnesotans, and they should be proud of their efforts as the pipeline is finished. I commend Enbridge for its efforts to maintain jobs in Minnesota, protect the environment, and provide this critical infrastructure for Minnesota’s future. “
Deputy Majority Leader Mark Johnson (R- East Grand Forks)
Deputy Majority Leader Mark Johnson (R- East Grand Forks):
âThe construction of the Line 3 pipeline is good news for schools, counties, communities and for our whole state. Building a critical infrastructure that improves safety and reliability has always been a clear choice. Line 3 supports our communities, creates well-paying jobs and helps protect our environment. Transporting energy through the old pipeline or rail is not as secure. Northern Minnesota has seen challenges over the past two years, but today is a step forward. I thank all the men and women who worked tirelessly to build Line 3. “
Senator Julia Coleman (R- Chanhassen)
From Senator Julia Coleman (R-Chanhassen):
âI am delighted to see the Line 3 pipeline finally be completed in northern Minnesota! This project created many jobs for Minnesota residents while overcoming obstacles with extreme protests throughout construction. Updating obsolete infrastructure is always a necessity and that is exactly what has been done with this pipeline. “
Senator Paul Gazelka (R-East Gull Lake)
From Senator Paul Gazelka (R-East Gull Lake):
âPhenomenal news for communities in northern Minnesota. Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement pipeline underwent rigorous scrutiny for years before being approved to go forward. Not only has its construction created jobs, but its operation will generate significant tax revenues that our region desperately needs. and the environment will also be safer now, as the transportation of oil moves from an aging line to a new and state-of-the-art one with all the latest safety technologies. It’s a win for Minnesota. “
Senator John Jasinski (R-Faribault)
From Senator John Jasinski (R-Faribault):
âLine 3 is critically important to the future of our state. It will help us move oil much more safely and give an economic boost to a region of the state that is in dire need of it. Congratulations to everyone involved. That’s excellent news. for Minnesota. ”
Senator Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake)
From Senator Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake):
“We take safety seriously in Minnesota, which is why we have worked hard for seven years to update aging Line 3 pipeline infrastructure. The pipeline is essential to life in the Midwest and I am pleased to see the hard work of the Minnesotans paying off. Minnesotans rely on energy suppliers not only for our cold and extreme winters are, but for our health and safety. Line 3 has followed all environmental safety standards to update seriously obsolete infrastructure. Modern upgrades like drones and sensors monitoring desolate areas will solve many problems, keeping the pipeline strong and safe for years to come. ”
Senator Andrew Mathews (R-Milaca)
From Senator Andrew Mathews (R-Milaca):
âAfter seven long years of construction, the Line 3 pipeline is finally complete. This necessary update to the old infrastructure will safely move oil from Canada to the Midwest. Thank you to all the Minnesotans who helped overcome obstacles and make our state more secure. “
Senator Scott Newman (R-Hutchinson)
From Senator Scott Newman (R-Hutchinson):
” Excellent news. Kudos to Enbridge and everyone involved who worked so hard to get us here. The commissioning of line 3 is crucial for the future of Minnesota. “
The Enbridge Line 3 pipeline under construction near the intersection of the Hohensee and West Moorhead roads in County Carlton in January. Clint Austin / 2021 File / Duluth News Tribune
Photo by Giniw Collective / Protesters calling themselves Water Protectors erected dams in Clearbrook, Minnesota earlier this month in opposition to the Line 3 replacement project.
Line 3 pipeline protesters blocked traffic on the aerial lift in Duluth on Thursday, August 19, 2021. Andee Erickson / Duluth News Tribune