Construction of the controversial pipeline was briefly blocked in the United States

Environmental activists and members of the Indian community blocked the construction site of a controversial oil pipeline in Minnesota, in the northern United States, on Monday, protesting against threats to the environment of this pipeline between Canada and the United States.

At the shouts of “Stop Line 3” and the sound of tribal drums, several hundred protesters, including actress and environmental activist Jane Fonda, braked a construction site in Lake Itasca before being chased away by police.

Built by the Canadian company Enbridge, the Line 3 pipeline transports tar sand oil from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to the Superior refinery in Wisconsin.

But the new route, which should allow for an increase in the amount transported, is challenged by Indian communities in Minnesota who condemn the threat of leaks in local rivers, detrimental to their way of life.

They condemn the breach of contracts signed with the U.S. government and ask President Joe Biden to revoke Enbridge’s license.

Environmental activists occupied the construction site of the “Line 3” oil pipeline in Lake Itasca (Minnesota) on June 7, 2021 (AFP – Kerem YUCEL)

“Enbridge should not build a replacement pipeline that intersects the state of Minnesota and rivers, and given the risk taken to build it, I agree to the risk of closing it,” Josiah Hanka, an environmental activist, told AFP.

“We need water, we need water that is clean and not mixed with oil,” added Mary Rosenberg, another protester.

In late April, Enbridge indicated that about half of “Line 3” had already been built.

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