23 arrested after Line 3 blockade in Clearwater County

Twenty-three people were arrested following a demonstration in Clearwater County.

The Sheriff’s Office says protesters on 470th Street blocked the road around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The items used to block the road included a tri-pod, three 55-gallon barrels filled with concrete, an overturned car, a boat and six people connected with sleeping dragon devices.

Giniw Collective says this action followed a blockade of a Line 3 “mancamp” last week.

“While the Biden and Walz administrations remain silent to police brutalization of Water Protectors, the multiple sex trafficking rings of Enbridge workers, and the huge impact of Line 3 on climate crisis, the people’s resistance continues,” said the organization in a release.

The blockade Tuesday extended one mile.

The Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office says it took approximately seven hours to remove people from the sleeping dragon devices in the blockade.

Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline is nearing completion and is expected to be operational within the fourth quarter of this year.

When complete, it will resume the historical capacity of Line 3, at 760,000 barrels of crude oil transported a day across northern Minnesota to a refinery in Superior, Wisc.


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