The race to stop Line 3 before it’s finished

Hosted By: Max Nesterak - June 18, 2021


More than 2,000 people converged on northern Minnesota to oppose further construction of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline on June 7, 2021. Photo by Rilyn Eischens/Minnesota Reformer.

For six years, environmentalists and Native tribes have been trying to stop the Canadian company Enbridge from building a new oil pipeline through northern Minnesota. So far, Enbridge has been winning, with another recent victory this week in the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Despite the blow, activists say a long summer of opposition to Line 3 is just heating up. Opponents continue chaining themselves to equipment and facing arrest in an effort to slow construction while Enbridge races to finish the project in the coming months.

This week, Reformer reporter Rilyn Eischens explains the history of Line 3 and the future of its replacement.

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Rilyn Eischens

Minnesota Reformer

Rilyn Eischens is a data reporter with the Reformer. Rilyn is a Minnesota native and has worked in newsrooms in the Twin Cities, Iowa, Texas and most recently Virginia, where she covered education for The Staunton News Leader. She's an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund data journalism program and the Minnesota Daily.