LINE 3 OIL PIPELINE

Honor The Earth wants Walz Administration to drop charges against Line 3 protests

MINNESOTA (KVRR) — Mark Ruffalo, Jackson Browne, Jane Fonda and more join Honor the Earth and other Indigenous leaders condemning the charges against more than 800 activists who were arrested one year ago for protesting the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. “A lot of people support water protectors and a lot of people believe that water should be protected over the…

Jane Fonda Joins Line 3 Pipeline Protest

HUBBARD COUNTY, Minn. (KVRR) – Activist and actress Jane Fonda joins a team of indigenous women as they protest the construction of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 replacement pipeline in Northern Minnesota. “I was invited here by my friends to stand with them and try to call attention to what is being done by Enbridge,” Fonda said. Line 3 is an…

Man who died at Line 3 pipeline site run over by forklift

HILL CITY, Minn. – Authorities say a man who died while working on a pipeline project in northern Minnesota was run over by a large forklift. The Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office has preliminarily ruled that the death of Jorge Villafuerte III at the Enbridge Energy Line 3 construction site was an accident. The accident happened in the predawn hours of…

Workers arrive in northern Minnesota to build pipeline

PALISADE, Minn. – More than 4,000 workers are expected in northern Minnesota over the next couple weeks to build the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement. Opponents of the pipeline have escalated their attempts to block construction, while local law enforcement is focused on keeping the peace. Construction has ramped up quickly on Line 3 since Enbridge Energy received its final…

Line 3 opponents gather near pipeline construction site in northern Minnesota

PALISADE, Minn. (KVRR) – Activists opposed to the construction of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 pipeline gathered near one of the construction sites in northern Minnesota Monday. RISE Coalition organizer Nancy Beaulieu says members of the Red Lake, White Earth and Leech Lake Tribes were among those participating. Demonstrators lit a campfire and played Native American music. There were no reports…

Minnesota regulators deny request to stop Line 3 pipeline

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota regulatory panel has denied a request by two northern Minnesota tribes to prevent Enbridge Energy from moving forward with its contentious Line 3 oil pipeline replacement. The Red Lake and White Earth Bands of Chippewa asked the Public Utilities Commission to stay its order allowing construction, citing pending litigation in the Minnesota Court of Appeals and…

Corps of Engineers approves key Line 3 permit

MINNEAPOLIS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved one of the last remaining permits for Enbridge Energy’s planned Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota. All that remains now is for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to issue a storm water construction permit, and then for the Public Utilities Commission to give a final green light….

Line 3 Protesters Rally at Enbridge’s Bemidji Office

Protesters say that six members of their group chained themselves to a gate early Monday.

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) _ Dozens of people rallied outside the Bemidji office of Enbridge Energy to protest the company’s proposed Line 3 oil pipeline replacement. Protesters say that six members of their group chained themselves to a gate early Monday. Enbridge’s Bemidji office closed for the day. Enbridge spokeswoman Juli Kellner says that over the weekend, a vehicle drove through…

Regulators Approve Pipeline Replacement Across Northern Minnesota

The PUC approved Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota regulators have approved Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The approved route would mostly avoid two American Indian reservations whose tribes strongly oppose the project, with a short crossing at one stretch of the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa’s land to connect to existing pipeline. Commissioners…