When I married a pipeliner, I never anticipated the fear that would come with my husband going to work every day. Unfortunately, that is the simple truth when it comes to being the wife of a pipeliner working on the Line 3 pipeline project.
On one hand, we are proud and grateful for this job and our connection to this important infrastructure project. Enbridge has hired more than 5,500 pipeline workers like my husband and has brought an amazing economic boost to northern Minnesota, which was desperately needed after the pandemic-filled 2020.
But, on the other hand, my husband and his colleagues are forced to deal with angry pipeline protesters almost daily while they are just trying to do their jobs. They have encountered roadblocks and lines of protesters. They have been insulted, screamed at, and harassed. And some pipeline workers have even been corralled and not allowed to leave in what have been threatening and sometimes-dangerous situations, with protesters surrounding construction sites.
The antics by those opposed to the pipeline have gone too far. My worries have shifted from the normal risks my husband would see at a worksite to being afraid of the lengths some erratic, fired-up protesters may take things.
I will continue to pray for the safety of my husband and those he works with, and I ask the protesters to reign things in as well. These workers and their families do not deserve the added fear and stress that comes from the self-proclaimed “peaceful” protesters who are all too often not very peaceful.
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