Anishinaabe people of northern Minnesota have waged a seven-year effort to stop the Line 3 pipeline from being built in the heart of territory where they retain the rights to hunt, fish, and harvest wild rice and other plants. When fully operational, the pipeline will carry 760,000 barrels of oil per day, including dirty tar sands oil, threatening sacred places and locking in decades of climate pollution at a time when we cannot afford anymore. Tell the Biden administration to support the people, not the polluters, and stop the Line 3 pipeline.
In November 2020, under the Trump administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued permits for the Line 3 pipeline without properly considering the consequences for tribal resources and our climate of extracting, transporting, and burning massive amounts of oil. The Corps also failed to give adequate consideration to the extent of the damage that the construction and operation of Line 3 would cause to wetlands and waterways, including the wasteful use of billions of gallons of water from aquifers and watersheds.
President Biden and the Army Corps can still do the right thing: and reverse course on the Trump administration’s illegal approval of the permit and conduct the analysis that’s required under federal law of the pipeline’s impacts to the climate change impacts and to treaty-protected resources.
Right now, as the country faces historic droughts and heatwaves, a seemingly endless fire season, and yet another treacherous hurricane season, the Biden administration’s bold commitment to tackling climate change and prioritizing the rights of Indigenous communities is facing a significant test.
If the president is genuine in his pledge to take climate justice and tribal rights seriously, his administration must stop defending these Trump-era permits and undertake a genuine analysis of Line 3's environmental and human impacts.
The Biden administration cannot tackle the climate crisis while bowing to the needs of Big Oil and allowing destructive fossil fuel projects to continue. Take action today and remind the Biden administration of its promises to protect our climate and address environmental racism.