Minnesota is facing a drought, and I’ve seen a lot of articles about it. However, I rarely read about the climate disaster that is Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project, which is pumping up to 5 billion gallons of water out of northern-Minnesota wetlands, not far from Lake Superior. This is cultural genocide to the Indigenous peoples of the Anishinaabe territory, as Enbridge is paying people to pump water out of areas where wild rice is cultivated.

As we all know, pipelines spill. It’s not a matter of if, but when. We cannot drink oil. Water is life. Water protectors are being silenced on social media platforms like TikTok, which is owned by China. The tar sands oil being excavated by the Canadian company Enbridge is sent to China. Once rebuilt, this Line 3 pipeline will do little to serve the people of Minnesota or our state’s economy.

Not to mention the unnecessary police presence on sacred land.

The News Tribune can please help protect the land and people by writing more articles about this. We need to be aware of the horrible outcome that will come if it isn’t prevented.

Caitlin Larson

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