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3 Reasons to Stop Line 3

Help us urge President Biden to shut down this triple-threat to the climate and Native treaty rights.

By Josh Leach on June 3, 2021

The Enbridge Line 3 pipeline—currently under construction— is a triple-threat to our planet and the rights of Indigenous people. If the project moves forward, this proposed stretch of pipeline would:

1) Harm the earth’s climate by carrying 760,000 barrels a day of tar sands oil across the state of Minnesota. That’s equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions of 50 coal-fired plants and is more than the current output of planet-warming gases of the entire state of Minnesota.

2.) Violate the treaty rights of the Indigenous Anishinaabe people, who since 1855 have had treaty-protected rights to hunt, fish, gather medicine, and harvest wild rice on their native lands.

3.) Traverse 227 different lakes, rivers, and other waterways, exposing all these places and the communities that rely on them to the risk of a catastrophic oil spill or other environmental damage. This is not an idle fear. The company building Line 3 has been responsible for devastating spills in the past. Communities should not have to face this threat to their human right to water.

Stopping Line 3 will help us: 

1.) Repair our earth’s climate damaged by fossil fuel pollution and planet-warming greenhouse gases linked to oil and gas burning.

2.) Restore commitment to treaties with Native peoples that are legally binding on the U.S. government.

3.) Reimagine what we mean by “critical infrastructure” to recognize that clean air, clean water, a livable climate and the use of the soil are the truly critical infrastructure we need.

President Biden has the power to halt construction on Line 3 by revoking the federal permits. Call on him to do so today!


About UUSC: Guided by the belief that all people have inherent worth and dignity, UUSC advances human rights globally by partnering with affected communities who are confronting injustice, mobilizing to challenge oppressive systems, and inspiring and sustaining spiritually grounded activism for justice. We invite you to join us in this journey toward realizing a better future!

Image Credit: StopLine3.org: Google Map of Enbridge pipeline affecting treaty areas

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