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Over 700 protesters against tar sands pipeline face arrests

Over 700 protesters against tar sands pipeline face arrests

Washington, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) More than 700 water defenders have been arrested for refusing to build up a controversial cross-border oil pipeline that runs through Alberta (Canada) and northern Minnesota to Wisconsin.
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The Enbridge Energy Company’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline (Enbridge Line 3) would replace a pipeline dating back the 1960s and, if completed, would transport over 760,000 oil barrels daily through indigenous territories and fragile ecosystems.

Digital media reported that in the most recent actions, four protesters chained their arms and held onto the machinery to interrupt the construction operations close to the town of Hay Creek (Minnesota).

According to protesters, the Line 3 tar sands pipeline and all those ones similar to it are violations of indigenous rights and an attack on collective future in a world where climate change crisis is worsening.

In addition, protesters said that it is critical to protect Native American peoples from oil industries that are set on destroying the Earth.

‘Stop Line 3!’, ‘Climate change is a very urgent matter’, ‘We cannot wait for politicians, who fail us, to take charge. We have to act.’

However, Minnesota Court of Appeals confirmed on June 14 a key authorization for Line 3 tar sands pipeline eliminating obstacles to possible delay in completing the project after granting a Certificate of Necessity and Route Permit from the Public Utilities Commission.

The higher capacity pipeline is ‘on track’ to enter operation in the Q4 2021, the Calgary-based company said in a statement.

About 300 organizations sent a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to order the Army Corps of Engineers to suspend or revoke Enbridge’s federal permit.

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