MN350’s Pipeline Resistance Team (PRT) organizes Minnesotans to oppose Line 3, a tar sands oil pipeline proposed through the northern part of the state and across the Mississippi headwaters. By opposing the pipeline, we work to protect indigenous communities, Minnesota’s waters, and the climate, all of which are under threat from Line 3.
The urgency of climate change inspires the PRT to build a movement to stop new crude oil pipelines proposed for Minnesota. We strategically engage at hearings, organize marches and other actions, create resistance artwork, use peaceful civil disobedience, and build powerful coalitions.
Line 3 would carry several kinds of Canadian tar sands crude, a carbon intensive oil that contains up to 37% more carbon than conventional oil, giving it a far greater climate change impact. To put this in perspective: the pipeline would have the climate cost equivalent of 50 coal power plants. When tar sands spill, the heavy oil mixes with sediment and sinks to the bottom of a river or lake, making it very difficult to clean up. Enbridge has a long history of oil spills, averaging over one oil spill every week for the last 15 years. Line 3 also violates several treaties with the Ojibwe people which establishes the right for Indigenous people to hunt, fish, and gather along the proposed pipeline route.
If you want to get more involved, you can come to our bi-weekly Line 3 Calls to Action to get an update on the status of Line 3, and the upcoming opportunities to get involved and stop it! Whether you’ve been involved in the movement for years, or you’re brand new and looking for a place to engage, this call will help us connect and share the different action opportunities each and every one of us can take to fight for treaty rights and climate justice. You can sign up for the next Call to Action on February 25th from 7:30-8:30 on our Events Calendar.
Together, we can slow down and ultimately stop the extraction of tar sands and the building of pipelines, all while creating the livable future we desire for ourselves and generations to come.