For the past seven months, there have been dozens, if not hundreds, of protests at Line 3 pump stations and construction sites across northern Minnesota. Folks have been traveling from all over the country to come to our state to wreak havoc on a project that is imperative to the future of our state and region.

What started out as peaceful events with signs and chants has evolved into horrible events leading to the harassment of pipeline workers, dangerous situations for our first responders, and thousands of dollars of property damage to equipment and construction sites.

I was horrified to hear that, recently, protesters laid down road spikes in attempts to cause damage and possible injury to anyone driving near a protest site. Reports also indicate that these Line 3 protesters filled their protest contraptions with feces, knowing that our first responders would encounter this vile and dangerous substance when removing protesters.

It is appalling to see the lengths these groups will go to in their attempt to stop Line 3 from being completed. Nothing shows desperation more than groups which have failed at every legal attempt to prevent this project from moving forward doing such things.

While it may be a tough pill to swallow, Line 3 protesters have reached the end of the road. Courts agree with Enbridge. State and federal agencies agree with Enbridge. And the majority of Minnesotans agree with Enbridge.

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The Line 3 pipeline project will soon be complete, and these protesters will have to find another place to direct their vile and vulgar anger.

Chris Vreeland

Hoyt Lakes

The writer is mayor of Hoyt Lakes.

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