Protests continue at Line 3 Pipeline Site near Palisade

Protests continue at Line 3 Pipeline Site near Palisade

December 14, 2020 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold (12/15/20)

(Palisade, MN) — Push back among Environmental Conservationists and the Native Indigenous populations continues as construction of the Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline begins in Aitkin County. Over the weekend, protestors from the RISE (Resilient Indigenous Sisters Engaging with our Allies) Coalition, Honor the Earth, and other groups against the building of the pipeline gathered in protest near the building site in the Palisade Area. Winona LaDuke of the Honor the Earth, joined by State Legislators, spoke before fellow protestors along the Great River Road about their displeasure of the project.

Of the numerous demonstrations from the last few weeks, Dawn Goodwin of the RISE Coalition was cited for trespassing on the Building Project site this past Saturday. LaDuke went on further into protecting lands while also addressing Governor Tim Walz.

The ultimate end goal is peace for all parties given the effects of 2020 on Minnesota.

Audio was obtained from the RISE Coalition Facebook page off a live video. Protestors in recent weeks have locked themselves to semi trucks carrying pipes and have continued their constant resistance. On Monday alone, 18 protestors were taken into custody for holding up work on the pipeline by handcuffing themselves to equipment while some were sitting in trees before they were taken down. The “Water Protectors” are being arraigned in Aitkin County and housed in neighboring counties due to space in the Aitkin County Jail.