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October 9, 2019
Pledge of Resistance against Line 3 reaches milestone of 2,500 signers
Opponents of pipeline highlight surge of interest after Youth Climate Strikes, Gichi-gami Gathering.
The campaign to stop the Line 3 tar sands pipeline in Minnesota has reached a major milestone, and organizers credit a surge of interest driven by last month’s Youth Climate Strikes and a large anti-pipeline rally in Duluth.
Environmental advocacy group MN350 announced that its Pledge of Resistance this week recorded its 2,500th signature. Signers of the pledge commit to taking non-violent direct action or supporting direct action if legal and administrative efforts to stop Line 3 are unsuccessful.
“The outpouring of support after the climate strikes and the Duluth rally have been beautiful,” said MN350 organizer Mysti Babineau. “There’s so much attention focused now on protecting our climate. And more and more Minnesotans are realizing how absurd it is to be building a massive oil pipeline in the midst of that.”
MN350 and partner groups have responded to the growing pipeline opposition by urging more Minnesotans to sign the Pledge of Resistance.
““This is not just another petition,” Babineau said. “This is everyday Minnesotans promising a serious commitment to do what’s necessary to protect Indigenous communities and to protect what we love. They’re willing to step up like that because they know we simply have to stop propping up Big Oil when our communities and our planet are threatened.”
The Line 3 tar sands pipeline would transport heavy tar sands oil from Canada through Minnesota for export outside the United States.
More than 1,200 pipeline opponents converged in Duluth on Sept. 28 for the Gitchi-gami Gathering. The campaign’s new anti-pipeline video was shot at the event.
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LINK TO GICHI-GAMI GATHERING VIDEO: www.facebook.com/MN350/videos/467834380610736/
MN350 is a statewide group with 20,000 supporters working to make Minnesota a national leader in a just transition to a clean energy economy. MN350 Action is its political and advocacy arm.