Reader's View: A great deal at stake with Line 3

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I took issue with the Oct. 10 letter, “Trust the process for projects like Line 3.”

Enbridge already has scarred land in northern Minnesota. With the odor of a lack of transparency still hanging in the air with respect to the PolyMet process, there are indications Enbridge and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are communicating about Line 3 in a non-transparent manner. Up north, Enbridge is not being as transparent as many of us would like with its pre-construction activities. Hostility seems to face anyone trying to learn where Enbridge is exploiting its permits in territory defined in multiple treaties with Ojibwe nations that are very much in force.

The letter asked readers to follow the science. Given that Line 3, should it be built, would be roughly equal to the effects on our climate of 50 coal-fired power plants, as the Guardian and others have reported, it is stunning that anyone talking about the science around this project would fail to mention climate change.

I urge Minnesotans to stand up to this corporation. Get involved now to protect our climate, water, and our integrity as it relates to honoring laws that our indigenous people depend on to live lives that are far more sustainable and based more on science than the lives of average Minnesotans.

There are many environmental organizations in this fight. Contact one, and do what you can. There is a great deal at stake.


Peter Truitt

Danbury, Wis. and St. Paul

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