Over 70 protesters cited at 30th Anniversary of Line 3 spill near Grand Rapids

Featured photo submitted by Giniw Collective.

Over 70 protesters were cited and one was arrested during a protest commemorating the 30th anniversary of a Line 3 pipeline oil spill near Grand Rapids.

According to a release from Giniw Collective, over 1.7 million gallons of oil spilled after a rupture of the line on March 3, 1991.

“The 1991 oil spill flowed into Prairie River, a tributary of the Mississippi that flows into the river near its sensitive headwaters. Oil made it half a mile away from the Mississippi, but the thick sheet of ice covering the Prairie River stopped the oil from flowing further,” said the release.

The Lakehead Pipeline Co. owned Line 3 at that time and built the line in the 1960s.

Enbridge says they are using state-of-the-art technology to create a safe pipeline along a different route.


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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