Green Bay protesters want the building of two oil Pipelines that would run across Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan to be halted. On August 7, Action 2 News spoke with demonstrators at City Deck about their environmental and safety concerns, while the energy firm in charge claims it has done all possible to alleviate them.The protest organizer said, “These Pipelines are constantly leaking. There has never been a pipeline that doesn’t leak. They’re destroying the wild rice fields out in Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin. They’re violating treaty rights by destroying these lands that the First Nations have the rights to hunt, fish, and gather on.”
Enbridge, one of North America’s largest energy delivery firms, is repairing and expanding the Line 3 and Line 5 Pipelines. Line 3 runs from Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wisconsin, covering approximately 1,100 miles. Line 5 picks up where Line 3 left off and transports crude oil and natural gas liquids into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Enbridge noted in a statement posted on August 6 that the Line 3 construction licences include criteria that safeguard wild rice waterways explicitly.
Enbridge noted that their Pipelines have coexisted with Minnesota’s most revered and productive wild rice stands for more than seven decades. The Minnesota Court of Appeals recently ruled that Enbridge chose a replacement pipeline route that was reasonable in terms of respecting tribal sovereignty while minimising environmental consequences.
When it comes to who will be working on this new building, demonstrators are particularly concerned about Native American women. When Action 2 News inquired about the demonstrators’ complaints, Enbridge said that all Line 3 Replacement Project workers must complete human trafficking awareness training, and the firm has zero tolerance for such criminal behaviour, which can result in instant firing.