LaDuke pens article to The Nation, Birkie drops Enbridge sponsorship

Featured photo: Winona LaDuke, www.honorearth.org

Honor the Earth executive director Winona LaDuke submitted a report to The Nation magazine last week.

“Enbridge, the largest pipeline company in the world, is hell-bent on jamming through their Line 3 Pipeline, the company’s most massive project, under the cover of this Covid winter as fast as they can—before we can stop them and before the world takes notice […],” wrote LaDuke.

“Then there’s the armed forces, the Sheriffs, the DNR—Minnesota Department of Natural Resources—who have deployed here. Their wages are paid by Enbridge. That’s because Minnesota noted the $38 million bill for Standing Rock, and decided just to pay in advance. A Canadian corporation paying for the police in Minnesota. It looks like an occupation. It feels like an occupation. With all the violence that entails.”

An annual ski race in Wisconsin, the American Birkebeiner, dropped Enbridge Energy as a sponsor after outcry from the community.

In a statement released by the ABSF, officials shared that with their “commitment to Birkie Green,” they had hoped that “as a community we could collectively create change, over time, toward less reliance on fossil fuels in our everyday lives.”

With this in mind, the ABSF stated that they had to “reconsider our relationship with Enbridge Energy and have chosen to dissolve our agreement,” citing the inherent contradictions between such an agreement and their Birkie Green initiatives.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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