#StopLine3

The Line 3 Pipeline “Replacement” Project is one of the largest expansions of Tar Sand infrastructure in North America, and it’s going right through the wetlands, rivers, streams & forests of Northern Minnesota.

After a more than 7 year regulatory battle, construction has now begun… in the middle of a global pandemic.

Construction of Line 3 Has Begun in Northern Minnesota.

After 7 years of regulatory battle in various Minnesota Courts and Agencies, Line 3 has been awarded permits necessary for construction. Appeals have been filed against all permits issued, from the flawed Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Certificate of Need (CN), Route Permit (RP) and MPCA Water Quality Permits, but these appeals will not be heard in State Court until Spring/Summer of 2021… AFTER the pipeline is built.

There is still an extremely strong case in the legal process to deny the Line 3 project from crossing Minnesota, but the only chance we have to see that time in court is if Line 3 construction is delayed on the ground.

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Primary Goals of Our Work

  1. Support grassroots & non-profit efforts on the ground via strategic media support, mutual-aid, and organizing horsepower.

  2. Build and strengthen alliances between the broader Twin Cities and those in the Central/Northern regions of Minnesota most effected by the proposed route.

  3. Encourage those who enjoy hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking and other outdoor activities in the North Woods to jump on board with efforts to stop further degradation of Minnesota’s natural beauty.

  4. Raise awareness about the significance of Line 3 in the context of the Global Climate Crisis.

Debunking Myths You’ve Seen/Heard About Line 3

The Line 3 Pipeline Project is not a “Replacement”

If you have a worn-out bicycle tire that needs replacing, you will typically remove your bicycle tire, mount a replacement, and put it back on your bicycle. Similarly with regards to the “Line 3 Replacement Project”, one would expect this to include removing Line 3 from the ground and putting a new pipeline back into the ground. This is not what is happening. As it stands, the existing Line 3 pipeline needing replacement will be left in the ground indefinitely, and the Line 3 replacement will be built with a larger diameter pipe, in an entirely different corridor, along an entirely different route.


Line 3 does NOT ship Bakken Crude from North Dakota, it Ships Tar Sand Oil from Canada.

There is a region in Alberta, Canada, known for its primary extractive industry resource: Tar Sands. Tar Sand “oil”, or, bitumen as it is called, is not a liquid in its raw form. It is ashpalt attached to sand particles. Open-pit mines extract the sand and pulverize it with chemicals and steam to separate the Bitumen, which is then diluted with chemicals to become “Diluted Bitumen” (Dil Bit) so that it can be transported via pipe. If/when DilBit leaks from a pipeline over a water source, like with Enbridge’s Line 5 on the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, the chemicals to dilute the bitumin evaporate into the atmosphere and the bitumen sinks. This asphalt substance is almost impossible to dredge & clean from the natural environment. Tar Sand Oil is considered the “Dirtiest Oil” on the planet because of the amount of resources it requires to extract, transport & refine.


Minnnesota does not “Need” this oil. MN Refineries are at capacity, and this product is intented for international markets.

Line 3 simply transports DilBit across MN to Superior, WI where for the most part it goes overseas. MN’s own Department of Commerce (DOC) is actively suing Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) because it does not feel Enbridge has shown, via Long-Term Energy Demand Forecast, that Minnesota needs the pipeline which is required by state law to receive a Certificate of Need (CN).


Line 3 will not create long-term “Jobs” in the State of Minnesota.

You have probably seen Enbridge advertise about the THOUSANDS of jobs Line 3 will create. It WILL require thousands of skilled workers to build Line 3, but once it is in the ground, these jobs will not remain. This whole project is a 6-8 month temporary construction gig that lays the foundation for 50+ years of increased fossil fuel extraction. Further, as evidenced across Northern MN right now, a majority of the current workforce on Line 3 is from OUT OF STATE. Not to mention: The steel pipes used to build Line 3, which have been stored outside in the elements of Minnesota for half a decade, were NOT made in Minnesota with Minnesotan steel from the Iron range – from what we know they are from Russia, with Russian steel.


The “Native Americans” have helped pave the way for this Project.

All of the Minnesota Chippewa/Ojibwe tribes opposed the Line 3 replacement project at the onset when Enbridge first filed for permits. After years in the courts battling against the project, as it became clear that Minnesota’s State Agencies would collude to force the pipeline through, the Fond Du Lac Band in 2018 signed a deal with Enbridge to allow the project to be constructed in its original corridor across their Reservation in what prominent indigenous activist & Executive Director of Honor the Earth Winona LaDuke accurately calls a “Sophie’s Choice” decision. All other Federally Recognized Tribes in MN, including White Earth, Leech Lake & the Red Lake Nation oppose the project and are actively trying to see construction stopped.

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Quick Facts & General Info about Line 3

The existing Line 3 Pipeline was built over 50 years ago and has over 900 “structural anomalies” – Enbridge’s lingo for “places that need repair.” Line 3 is one of 7 pipelines in the “Enbridge Mainline Corridor” and transports Tar Sand Oil from Alberta, Canada across Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin where it is refined and/or shipped to the ocean.

The Line 3 Pipeline is designed to carry 960,000+ barrels of Tar Sand oil through 330 miles of Northern Minnesota where it crosses over 78 miles of wetlands and the headwaters of the Mississippi River in two separate locations. Waters in the region of Northern Minnesota where Line 3 is being built flow in all four directions. A spill, like what happened in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan by another one of Enbridge Energy’s pipelines, would be catastrophic.

Enbridge has proposed that its “Replacement” for the Line 3 pipeline be constructed in a NEW corridor that branches from the existing Mainline corridor in Clearbrook, MN. The new route intentionally avoids the Leech Lake Reservation, as Leech Lake does not want to renew the leases it holds with Enbridge which are set to expire in the coming decade. The “old” Line 3, if the new pipe is built, will be sealed and stay permanently where it is until it degrades into the soil.

By building a new pipeline corridor for the Line 3 “Replacement”, Enbridge will be positioned to slowly move ALL of its pipelines from the Mainline Corridor crossing through Leech Lake to the new corridor. This scenario has been raised in court by parties opposing the project, but has not been a part of Enbridge’s filings.

Minnesota has an environmental review process for projects of this nature, administered by the Public Utilities Commission, Pollution Control Agency, Department of Natural Resources & the Department of Commerce. In advance of being approved to cross Minnesota, Enbridge had already began and completed construction of the Line 3 replacement in Canada, North Dakota and Wisconsin. If Minnesota takes a bold stand against Line 3 it will be a HUGE statement to Big Oil and have a ripple effect globally.

According to the analysis by Administrative Law Judge Ann O’Reilly in her report on the proposal in May, 2018, neither Enbridge Energy nor ANY of its partners or subsidies would be responsible for the financial burden of cleanup if the pipeline spills – it will be entirely up to Minnesotan Tax-Payers.

Minnesota’s Department of Commerce is actively suing to have the “Certificate of Need” issued by the PUC revoked, contending in their lawsuit that Enbridge did not include a long-term demand forecast in the permitting process which is required for energy infrastructure of this kind in Minnesota.

According to a study compiled by 13 Environmental Groups, the building and operation of Line 3 will have the carbon-equivalent of constructing 50 new coal-fired power plants and the yearly emissions of Line 3 will be greater than the entire carbon footprint of the State of Minnesota across all sectors.

Efforts on the Ground

As part of #SYLFFIRE and our general mission statement, we’re simply a back-end catalyst for those efforts on the ground opposing this project. A handful of these efforts have been summarized and linked to below!

Please Note! This list of groups & organizations is not arranged in any particular order. There is no “One Group” that is leading this movement on the ground.

Do you have an organization/page/project that should be included below?  Contact us and we’ll get it posted.


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StopLine3.org

StopLine3.org is the primary coalition website setup for the movement to Stop Line 3. The website includes a variety of resources, maps, recent news and a take-action page with a petition to sign and tons of calls-to-action from within the movement. If you are new to the fight, explore this website ASAP!

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | DONATE


The Giniw Collective

Giniw Frontline Resistance

Giniw is a grassroots, frontlines effort led by indigenous women to protect the sacred and empower the next generation of leadership with traditional values. Giniw is an encampment focused on direct action trainings, community outreach and education, supporting and engaging in traditional lifeways and cultural teachings, and relationship-building within the broader movement against fossil fuels and structural racism into a better way of life. Indigenous territories are not sacrifice zones and the tar sands machine must stop. Learn more, follow & support via their facebook page: facebook.com/pg/giniwcollective

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | DONATE


MN350

MN350: Building a Climate Movement in Minnesota

MN350 has been an integral component of everything Line 3. MN350’s Pipeline Resistance Team is the working group within MN350 focused on Line 3 and has been organizing actions, marches, petitions & educational resources. Via MN350 you can Request a Lawn Sign for your yard, and we encourage anyone reading this to Sign MN350’s Pledge of Resistance, which is the best way to stay engaged and get involved from the Twin Cities. A wealth of information in the form of Fact Sheets are available on their website at http://www.mn350.org/line-3-fact-sheets/. Follow their Facebook Page for current happenings and take a look at their events calendar for Line 3 gatherings as well as other events surrounding climate change action in Minnesota.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | VOLUNTEER | DONATE


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Friends of the Headwaters (FOH)

As a completely volunteer-led citizen’s group focused on protecting the Mississippi & the headwaters region from the impacts of Line 3, FOH has been a powerhouse in the legal battle against Line 3 ever sicne Enbridge Energy first filed for permits to build the “Sandpiper” line in the Fall of 2018.

Much of their work is in the courts and does not get alot of attention, but in many regards if it weren’t for FOH, Line 3 and/or Sandpiper would most likely already be in the ground. Financial support is their primary need to continue the legal challenges – as a registered 501c3 non-profit contributions are tax-deductible.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | DONATE


Honor the Earth

Honor the Earth

Honor the Earth is an indigenous-led organization under the direction of Winona La Duke based out of the White Earth Reservation. They played a massive role in stopping the Sandpiper Pipeline and have built and maintain the website StopLine3.org, the primary resource made available online as part of the effort to #StopLine3.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | VOLUNTEER | DONATE


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Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (MNIPL)

MNIPL’s mission is to work “in partnership with faith communities to build transformative power and bring the lights of people’s unique gifts to addressing the climate crisis.” MNIPL has been organizing around Line 3 for more than half a decade, bringing the faith community into action.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE | DONATE


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Watch The Line (WatchTheLineMN.org)

The Watch the Line effort was created to monitor construction of the Line 3 Pipeline in Northern Minnesota. WTL has created an online map where construction observations are being recorded for public viewing, and has setup trainings for volunteers to monitor sections of the pipeline. Go to watchthelinemn.org/volunteer/ if you would be interested/willing to get involved with monitoring.

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Northfield Against Line 3

Northfield Against Line 3 (NAL) has been recruiting and training humans to be involved with Non-Violent Direct Action on the ground in support of the Ginew Collective and other indigenous-led efforts to Stop Line 3.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | DONATE


Gitchigumi Scouts

Gitchigumi Scouts

Gitchigummi Scouts is an Indigenous-led group based in the Twin Ports that patrols & searches for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Relatives (MMIWR). Gitchigumi scouts engages in harm reductive practices to minimize the #’s of MMIWR which is something directly tied into extractive industry work, especially along pipeline construction corridors.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM


Pipeline Legal Action Network

Pipeline Legal Action Network (PLAN)

PLAN is a collective made up of individuals with experience in a wide variety of activist legal defense organizations, including: Coldsnap Legal Collective (RNC 2008), The Civil Liberties Defense Center, Water Protector Legal Collective (Standing Rock), The RNC 8 Defense Committee, Anarchist Black Cross prisoner support, and more.

PLAN is working to facilitate and support legal planning for activists targeted by the state during the Line 3 pipeline resistance campaigns. PLAN hopes to help prepare people and support their efforts to build their own legal support structures within their affinity groups and organizations, rather than having a service model of legal support. PLAN is also aware that not everyone comes prepared to the resistance, and sometimes people are swept up in mass arrests without support or resources. PLAN aims to make sure no one falls through the cracks—please contact PLAN if you or someone you know needs support with their Line 3 related arrest. Learn more on their website: planline3.com or via Facebook: facebook.com/planline3

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM


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The Line 3 Legal Defense Fund

The Legal Defense Fund is being used to provide bail & legal support for those willing to risk arrest on the front lines defending Anishinaabe territory from the Line 3 Pipeline.

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Youth Climate Intervenors

The Youth Climate Intervenors

The Youth Climate Intervenors are one of the official parties involved in the Legal opposition to Line 3. YCI are an unaffiliated group of 13 young people, all under the age of 25, who have banded together to oppose Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline replacement.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | DONATE


Sierra Club North Star Chapter

Sierra Club North Star Chapter’s Beyond Oil / Stop Line 3 Team

The Sierra Club is involved in the battle to Stop the Line 3 Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Replacement Project! The Stop Line 3 Team advocates for a clean energy future free of oil pipelines, trains, and fossil fuel transportation through the state of Minnesota. Website Link: sierraclub.org/minnesota/beyond-oil

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM


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The Powershift Network

Powershift is a network of young people, organizations run by young people, and campaigns that support youth organizing.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM


The Red Lake Treaty Camp

Red Lake Treaty Camp

Red Lake Treaty Camp has been setup along the Line 3 Route next to the Red Lake River crossing about 1.5 north of St. Hilaire, MN on Treaty Territory (Coords: 48.0409087, -96.2091660).

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM


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The Overstory Alliance

From their site: The Overstory Alliance is an organization and community that empowers humans to cultivate deep justice by reconnecting with the living world and defending the future of life. The Overstory Alliance has been supporting a broad range of the work happening behind the effort to Stop Line 3.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | REDDIT


Makwa Initiative

Healing MN Stories

Scott Russell has been providing exceptional journalistic coverage over the course of the past 3 years regarding legal happenings. Explore https://healingmnstories.wordpress.com/enbridge-line-3/ to stay current on news.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM


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Resilient Indigenous Sisters Engaging with our Allies (RISE Coalition)

The RISE Coalition is an indigenous women-led group standing in solidarity to protect the land, water, fire, and air for the next seven generations by educating, empowering, and inspiring our neighbors, friends, and allies. RISE Coalition focuses alot of resources on educating the general public about Treaties & Treaty Rights, with an underlying theme that as a Citizen of the United States, the obligations of what is written in the treaties are yours to uphold as well. RISE is able to receive tax-deductible contributions via their fiscal sponsor, MN350!

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | DONATE


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Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate (HP4HC)

HP4HC is a group of doctors, students & medical professionals educating about the impacts a changing climate has on the health of regular citizens and using their collective voice to advocate for immediate political action to address the climate crisis. HP4HC produced a white paper in June of 2020 directly addressing the impacts of Line 3, and has been advocating for a stay against construction until the COVID-19 crisis resolves due the impact of 4,000 out-of-state workers coming to Minnesota.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | GET INVOLVED


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Stop the Money Pipeline

Stop the Money Pipeline is a campaign targeting the financial sector’s support for fossil fuel & extractive industries. If the money stops, the destruction stops. Although not limited in scope to the Line 3 fight alone, this is a great effort. The Announcing the #DefundLine3 Campaign post on their website is a great place to start!

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM


Camp Migizi

Camp Migizi

Camp Migizi is a frontline resistance camp on the Fond du Lac Reservation holding space against construction of the Line 3 Pipeline. The camp was organized by Taysha Martineau, a two-spirit Indigenous activist, Fond du Lac Band-Member & founder of GitchiGumi Scouts.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM


Manoomin Genawendang Endazhigabeshing

Manoomin Genawendang Endazhigabeshing

Manoomin Genawendang Endazhigabeshing (Wild Rice Protector Camp) is located on the White Earth Reservation and, from the facebook page, “is creating a space built upon Zaagi’idiwin (Love), Our Anishinaabeg Culture & Language, Sustainability, and Wellness. We will build community and host a variety of activities and events.”

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM

Get Involved & Take Action | The Time is NOW!

If you’re just getting here & want to have a broad understanding of how to get involved, checkout out this ever-evolving On-Ramps to the Movement to Stop Line 3. Below are other general ways to get involved & support.

Go to the Front Lines

There are immediate calls to show up on the front-lines at active construction sites. WelcomeWaterprotectors.com is the go-to website for anyone interested in heading North. If you are able to go, for even a day, please do whatever you can to be self-sufficient and respect that you are entering the sovereign territory of the Anishinaabe people. Please read everything on the Welcome Water Protectors site before departing.

Share, Promote & Amplify

There are many “hashtags” being used in the effort to Stop Line 3 and MANY people are providing on-location live-streams & feeds from the frontlines. If you see someone going live, share it. Follow the groups above that are ON THE GROUND and if you see something that has been posted, share it. Explore and engage with #StopLine3, #NoLine3, #HonorTheTreaties, #NoMoreMMIW, #ResistLine3, #WeWillStopLine3 & #NowDoLine3 on social media.

Sign Petitions

Various orgs, from local grassroots entities to national/international non-profits have active petitions that need signatures. Below are links to active petitions:


Via HP4HC: Petition from MN Health Professionals to Governor Walz for an Emergency Stay on Enbridge Inc. Line 3 Replacement Project Construction to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Via MN350: Sign MN350’s Pledge of Resistance

Via StopTheMoneyPipeline: Tell Biden to Stop Line 3


Call Your Reps, Governors, Commissioners & Political Leaders.

Constant pressure must be put on our politicians to act. Calls, Texts & Emails to the following are mission critical:


Sample Scripts:

“Hi, my name is [name] and I’m calling from [place]. I’m calling because I’m extremely concerned about the construction of the Line 3 pipeline. The peipline is still facing enormous legal challenges from tribal nations, advocacy groups, and the Minnesota department of commerce. I’m calling to demand a halt to the construction to protect the integrity of the process, and to protect communities in Minnesota from the dangerous spread of COVID. Thank you!”

“I’m calling to ask Governor Walz to reverse his decision in allowing constructive of pipeline 3, and to stop construction immediately. I’m reminding him of the treaty he promised, and also asking why he is approving water crossing permits and allowing Enbridge to bring in 4000 out of state workers in the middle of a pandemic. It is irresponsible and disrespectful, and I am urging him to reverse his decision.”


Donate Time, Materials or Money.

The SEEKJOY Community will be doing our best to boost and support active fundraising efforts that we are aware of and have done our best to vet. Links to where to donate are posted next to the groups in the On The Ground section above.

This community initiative, as with all of our others, is completely dependent on broad-based public support from people like you.

Want to help fund what we do? You can contribute to support this initiative specifically, or make a general contribution to our SEEKJOY Community Fund. Thank you for being you 🙂

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