Eco-terrorists Continue to Attack Line 3 Construction
As Enbridge crews and contractors work to lay the new Line 3 replacement pipeline across Minnesota they seem to encounter attacks by eco-terrorists at every turn.
Now, some may think “eco-terrorists” that’s a stretch, they are protestors. The reality is, the tactics these people are using fit the definition of eco-terrorist to a “T”.
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines eco-terrorism as “…the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against innocent victims or property by an environmentally-oriented, subnational group for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature.
Earlier this month, the Northern Lights Task Force, a group of numerous law enforcement agencies from northern Minnesota with a mission “to provide a safe environment that protects life, property, and free speech through a respectful approach by well trained, disciplined peace officers relating to the lawful activities conducted by those who wish to exercise their First Amendment rights in Minnesota,” arrested 6 people for criminal activity related to Line 3.
They reported that the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement partners found public roads blocked, spikes placed in roadways with the intent to damage tires and property of those using the roads, they blocked private property access, and locked themselves in devices called “sleeping dragons” filled with feces to complicate extraction.
A “sleeping dragon” is a length of PVC pipe where two protestors put one arm in each side and handcuff their hands in the middle. Often, they will do this in groups of a few people or even a circle of people. Because arms and handcuffs are hidden inside the PVC pipe officers can’t just cut cuffs and arrest them, they have to work to carefully remove the PVC pipe first. At the Aitkin County incident, the pipes were also filled with feces making extrication a disgusting, unsanitary endeavor.
The task force reported that the actions of these eco-terrorists moved past protesting and First Amendment rights and clearly into criminal behavior that not only targeted the Line 3 project but also the residents of Aitkin County. Only one of those arrested was from Minnesota, the others were from California (2), Wisconsin (1), Iowa (1), and Massachusetts (1).
Photos from the Northern Lights Task Force along with the social media post are shared below, but this is just one of many acts of eco-terrorism Line 3 crews and contractors have faced.
Fox News reported on more incidents a long the Line 3 project a few weeks ago. They interviewed contractor, Matt Gordon, VP of a construction company from Mahnomen, MN and a member of the White Earth Nation tribe. Gordon shared that during an incident in June, hundreds of activists attacked a construction site vandalizing equipment, trailers, and environmental safeguards to control erosion. He told Fox News, “I’m a contractor for excavation and all of my equipment on site was vandalized. For the most part, the majority of the people are for the pipeline. Everyone enjoys gasoline and plastic products. The opponents are shielding themselves with Native Americans. Most of the protestors are white. Line 3 has brought back millions of dollars to the reservations.”
In fact, Fox News reports that more than 500 Native Americans are part of the Line 3 workforce and five business leaders representing the tribes of Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, the Boise Forte Band of Chippewa, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, and the White Earth Nation joined together to release this statement: “This has not only created a hardship for our workers, it created additional challenges for our companies. Protests that disrupt work, damage property, and threaten our employees while claiming to be on behalf of our Native people are creating additional tension and consequences within our tribal communities. They also intentionally create a false narrative that there is no Native American support for this project and the economic impacts and opportunities it brings to our people.”
The overwhelming popularity of this project, which replaces an old pipeline, has not stopped the parade of celebrities ironically flown to Minnesota to give the protests a bigger impression. Just last week, actress Marisa Tomei, best known for her role in the 1992 movie, My Cousin Vinny, and author of the Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler were in Menahga, Minnesota calling on White House Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, President Biden, and Governor Walz to stop the replacement project. Tomey read a statement that said the Line 3 project “will carry the same dirty tar sands oil that climate scientists have warned can be a tipping point to climate catastrophe.”
Tomey joins a long list of celebrities that have protested the project including, Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Leonardo DiCaprio, Katy Perry, and Mark Ruffalo. Despite their star “power” and the awful attacks by eco-terrorists, there has been little impact on the project that Enbridge reports is complete in Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Canada, and 70% complete in Minnesota where they expect completion by the end of this year.