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Line 3 is a proposed pipeline expansion that would bring more than 750,000 barrels of tar sands oil through protected Indigenous lands, from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin every single day. This project, proposed by Canadian pipeline company Enbridge, violates long-standing treaties between the Anishinaabe people and the U.S. government. Crossing over 200 lakes and rivers, including the Mississippi River, it threatens 800 wetlands — areas on which the Anishinaabe people have the right to harvest wild rice, fish, gather medicinal plants, and hunt on their Native lands.
The environmental danger of Line 3 is enormous. In 2010, Enbridge's pipelines were responsible for one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history, which polluted the Kalamazoo River and took years to clean up. A similar leakage into the Mississippi River would devastate ecosystems and contaminate drinking water for communities in over a dozen states.
Construction on Line 3 can and should be ended today. The Biden administration has the power to cancel the federal permits that allow Enbridge to move forward — in the same way our government revoked the border-crossing permits of the Keystone XL pipeline.
While Congress continues to debate infrastructure spending, we recognize land and water as the most important infrastructure to preserve. Instead of desecrating the ground with more pipelines to carry oil, we must transition away from extractive practices that pollute and destroy.Will you join in solidarity with Native water protectors and climate activists to resist the grave harm the Line 3 pipeline will inflict on our shared planet? Sign the petition today to tell President Biden that Line 3 threatens our human right to enjoy clean air, a livable climate, and safe water.