February 13, 2019
Water Protectors Disrupt Governor Walz Public Interview to Demand He Stop Line 3 Pipeline
A dozen leaders with Northfield Against Line 3 held banners and publicly questioned Gov Walz at a University of Minnesota event.
ST PAUL, MN – Today a dozen Water Protectors peacefully disrupted a public interview with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to demand he halt pre-construction of the Line 3 tar sands pipeline during the appeals process.
Yesterday Governor Walz announced he would re-file the Department of Commerce’s appeal to the Certificate of Need for the pipeline project. However, Enbridge is currently engaged in illegal pre-construction, clear cutting trees and building access roads, for the toxic project.
A dozen members of “Northfield Against Line 3” persistently interrupted the MPR interview with questions of their own. The Governor was publicly questioned about his 2017 comments denouncing Enbridge’s new pipeline and about the contradictions in his tacit support for a carbon-producing pipeline and his support for Green New Deal legislation. Water Protectors unfurled banners demanding he #StopLine3 and not exacerbate the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women as a result of the pipeline’s construction. Governor Walz responded that he’s met with groups opposing the pipeline but the fact is that he has yet to meet with Indigenous youth after promising to do so.
All five of the directly affected Objibwe Tribal Nations in Minnesota oppose Line 3 because of the threat it poses to their fresh water, culturally significant wild rice lakes, and tribal sovereignty. Line 3 will accelerate climate change by bringing carbon-intensive tar sands bitumen from Alberta to refineries in the Midwest. Climate change disproportionately impacts Indigenous and frontline communities across the world.
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