Arrests made near Hill City construction site of Line 3 Pipeline

Arrests made near Hill City construction site of Line 3 Pipeline

January 11, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold (1/11/21)

(Hill City, MN) — Arrests were made over the weekend in conjunction with protests at the construction site of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline just south of Hill City.

According to a press release obtained from the Northern Lights Task Force, approximately 100 persons showed up first to the pipeline installation site near the Great River Road in the Palisade Area on January 9th at 9:30am, which then grew to over 150. Aitkin County Sheriff’s explained to protestors they were allowed in the 1st Amendment rights areas while remaining safe from traffic and machinery. Protestors ignored instructions and traffic had to be diverted by law enforcement.

A sign-up sheet was present for people to sign-up to be arrested, along with a phone number for who to contact after arrests.

Later in the day, around 1:40pm, protestors left the Great River Road area and proceeded to the Hill City construction area to interfere with personnel. After several attempts to speak with protestors to move away from the work area and Highway 169 for safety purposes, law enforcement was able to talk some in moving while others stayed.

8 adults were taken into custody and transported to the Aitkin County Jail where they were booked. 7 people were booked for Gross Misdemeanor Trespass on Critical Infrastructure and 1 was cited and released for Failing to Leave an Unlawful Assembly.