A new section of Enbridge pipeline is set to carry 760,000 barrels a day of tar sands oil across protected Indigenous treaty lands, and the damage may soon be irreversible. Construction on this Line 3 pipeline is already underway.
If this project is not halted now, it jeopardizes the treaty rights of the Anishinaabe people to hunt, fish, harvest wild rice, and gather medicines on their native lands. The construction of the pipeline interferes directly with their ability to access these rights, which the U.S. government swore to uphold, and the impact of a potential oil spill would be even more catastrophic.
UUSC’s work to address climate-forced displacement calls us to be in solidarity with Indigenous people facing threats to their self-determination and collective existence from extractive industries. The Line 3 project is a triple dose of climate injustice: violating Native rights, threatening the Earth’s climate, and disproportionately impacting communities whose lives and wellbeing depend on the 227 waterways it traverses.
This is why we are in solidarity with Indigenous people resisting Line 3, including our partners Honor the Earth. Native water protectors and climate activists have a right to resist threats to their sovereignty and the safety of our planet.
Construction on Line 3 can and should be ended today. All President Biden needs to do is cancel the federal permits allowing Enbridge to move forward. He did this already with the Keystone XL pipeline. He could do the same for Line 3. The need is no less urgent and clear.
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Image Credit: Dio Cramer, Stop Line 3.org