After President Biden signed the bill to stop the Keystone Pipeline construction, more people are speaking out to end the construction of Enbridge Line 3. Photo courtesy of Fibonacci Blue
President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Jan. 20 to stop the construction of the Keystone pipeline into the United States from Canada. There is a bit of back and forth with the construction since President Obama was in office; he was the first to halt the project. President Trump then overturned it shortly after he came into office.
With President Biden stopping the construction of the Keystone pipeline, many organizations such as Honor the Earth and Stop Line 3 are protesting and speaking out more for the state and possibly federal government to do the same for the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline.
Dr. Robert Galler, American History professor at SCSU, has participated in marches before and recently just went up to Palisade, MN where Honor the Earth has a camp.
“When I was last up to at the camp there were several hundred people up there,” said Galler. “People who were there marched to the construction site that is only a minute walk from the camp.”
Two Native American Tribes, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa and White Earth Band of Ojibwe, sent in petitions to have the construction of Line 3 stopped. At the first, the Minnesota courts denied the petitions, which went to the appeals court. On Feb. 8, federal judges denied the appeal to stop the construction of the pipeline.
Besides the groups protesting Line 3, political leaders in Minnesota have called out to stop. Shortly after Biden signed the bill to stop the Keystone pipeline, Minnesota state 5th district Rep. Ilhan Omar who supports efforts on climate change started to speak out more about stopping the construction. Rep. Omar even went to two of the sites where protestors have been gathering to show her support and talk with them about their efforts.
On her Twitter page, Rep. Omar wrote about her experience going meeting with Indigenous activists who are protesting the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. In it she also mentioned Biden having an opportunity to change the issue surrounding the construction.
I recently met with Indigenous activists trying to stop the Line 3 tar sands pipeline from destroying their ancestral home.
Rejecting some of the dirtiest fuel in the world should be a no-brainer.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) February 10, 2021
This article was updated on Feb. 28 at 12:30 p.m. to reflect proper usage of titles.