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7 arrested in Line 3 pipeline protest in St. Louis County

The protests were the latest in a series of demonstrations against the pipeline.
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Seven people were arrested protesting against the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement project Thursday, part of a continued effort that has resulted in more than 100 people being arrested over the past months.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department responded to protesters at a construction site in Floodwood Township Thursday.

According to a release from the Northern Lights Task Force, a group of sheriff’s departments made up to respond to Line 3 protests, deputies arrived to find 20 to 30 people protesting.

Of those protesters, four individuals reportedly crossed into the construction site and locked themselves to heavy machinery, while two locked themselves to a gate used to access the site. 

These six protesters, along with one other who did not leave when ordered, were arrested for gross misdemeanor trespass and obstructing legal process.

One of the individuals arrested had also been arrested last week for a similar incident, according to the release.

Enbridge got the final permit needed to proceed with the project, which will replace its existing pipeline in Northern Minnesota, in November. Once completed, it will connect tar sands in Canada to Superior, Wisconsin, via Northern Minnesota.

Enbridge, along with many Republican lawmakers in support of the project, have pointed to the economic impact on the state and job creation potential as reasons to support the project. 

But environmental and Indigenous activists have long fought against the project. Activists challenged the project in court last fall, citing the project’s impact on the environment and Native treaties.

Protests have since continued in the area, even drawing the attention of actress and environmental activist Jane Fonda. According to CNN, protests surrounding the project have led to more than 130 arrests in recent months. 

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