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Jane Fonda in MN to join in protests of Line 3 pipeline

Construction on the Minnesota portion of the pipeline began in December.

Actress and activist Jane Fonda is in Minnesota to protest Enbridge Energy's Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project. 

In a Facebook post on Sunday, a "freshly vaccinated" Fonda said she arrived in northern Minnesota after being invited by the Ojibwe Water Protectors in their effort to stop Line 3. 

According to the West Central Tribune, Fonda and other activists will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. Monday in Hubbard, Minnesota, south of Park Rapids. 

"We will be at the rivers that are being threatened by Line 3 over the next few days gathering to pray and send a message to Enbridge that water is life," Fonda said on Facebook.

Canadian-based Enbridge Energy got the approvals it needed last fall to begin construction in December on a Line 3 replacement pipeline that will carry crude oil from the tar fields in Canada to Superior, Wisconsin, via 337 miles in northern Minnesota. 

The project proved a controversial one, dividing those who want the economic boost that such a major construction project would bring – backed by many state Republicans – with those who fear the potential environmental risk of a pipeline cutting through areas of natural beauty and watersheds, including through wetlands and near the headwaters of the Mississippi River.

Meanwhile, Native American tribal members and environmental groups fought against the project in court, saying the pipeline will usurp Indigenous treaty rights and contribute to climate change.

They have since been on the ground in northern Minnesota to continue their protest of the pipeline, including some people going on hunger strikes.

More than 130 people have been arrested in the past few months related to the Line 3 protests, tribal attorney and activist Tara Houska told CNN.

Once the oil pipeline is complete, it will carry millions of gallons of oil per day. The segments of the pipeline in Canada, North Dakota and Wisconsin are already complete. 

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