Aitkin County Sheriff Prepared for Line 3 Protests

Aitkin County Sheriff Prepared for Line 3 Protests

December 3, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson (12/3/20)

Aitkin, MN — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency approved a construction stormwater permit for Enbridge on Monday, the final permit needed before they can begin construction on the Line 3 replacement in northern Minnesota. The new pipeline will replace their current pipeline that stretches from Canada to Superior, Wisconsin. The pipeline has gone through a rigorous permitting process in the state of Minnesota and despite approval, will likely face a great deal of protest from environmental groups, who fear it will pollute the state’s waters. The new pipeline will now cross the Mississippi River in northern Aitkin County. Aitkin County Sheriff Dan Guida says he firmly believe there will very likely be protests.

Sheriff Guida says his department has been preparing and planning for potential protests for months now, but they also will require help from numerous agencies throughout the state.

Sheriff Guida also respects the right for anyone to protest and won’t stop people from doing so peacefully, but they are concerned about those to take those who take things to the next level.

Native American tribal members and environmental groups have been fighting against the project in court, saying the pipeline will violate Indigenous treaty rights and contribute to climate change.