Leaders of tribal nations in Minn. ask Gov. Walz to pause Line 3 work during legal appeal

February 26, 2021 ☼ line3minnesotaindian-affairs-councilwalz

Source: MPR News - Link

The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council is asking Gov. Tim Walz to temporarily stop the ongoing construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

In a letter dated Wednesday, the group, which serves as the official liaison between the state and the 11 Native nations within its borders, urged Walz to issue an executive order putting a stay on the pipeline replacement project construction while lawsuits challenging the project’s approval play out in court.

It wouldn’t hurt to wait. I’m of the mind that Line 3 will be built at some point. It’s a done deal. We don’t need it for the oil, but the older line it replaces is at the end of its life. Demand for oil must decrease. Better to make the economics of pipelines untenable by reducing demand.