On Saturday, Sept. 28, at Gitchi-Ode' Akiing (formerly Lake Place Park), hundreds of people will gather to participate in the Gichi-Gami Gathering. They will express their opposition to Enbridge's Line 3 tar sands pipeline and ask elected officials at the state and local level to join in this opposition.

Tar sands oil is a highly toxic source of carbon-dioxide pollution in its extraction and in the burning of its refinery product, gasoline. Pipelines carrying tar sands oil crisscross the U.S., many of them old and leaking. In Minnesota, we have Enbridge Line 3, which has been found to have hundreds of fracture points. The company intends to build an entirely new line, which, if fully permitted, would carry nearly double the current amount of highly toxic tar sands some 337 miles through Minnesota from Alberta, Canada. It would cross through territory ceded to indigenous tribes, many of whom oppose this pipeline; across the Mississippi headwaters; and through the Lake Superior watershed to a terminal in Superior. Though approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the project has been halted by an appeals court, which stated its Environmental Impact Statement did not account for impacts from a possible polluting of Lake Superior.

In light of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's warning about the worst consequences of climate change, we must immediately reduce our carbon-dioxide emissions. This mandate, coupled with the potential of tar sands to pollute our source of clean water in Lake Superior and the claims of violations of indigenous treaty rights, our only viable option is to oppose this pipeline.

Please join us at the Gichi-Ode' Akiing gathering on Sept. 28. A rally begins at 1:30 p.m., followed by a march on the Lakewalk. There will be cultural exhibits, indigenous foods, music, and dancing.

Linda Herron