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The Progressive - August 9, 2021

The water in the Shell River in upper Minnesota is critically low. As I float downstream, my back and legs often touch the riverbed. I wade in search of deeper water but can’t find a place to immerse the full length of my body.

This is a drought year. Winona LaDuke, the Ojibwe director of Honor the Earth, says it’s the worst drought she has seen in her sixty-two years. Yet Enbridge has requested to use five billion gallons of water, and Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources has approved it.

Enbridge, a Canadian energy corporation, is constructing the Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin. It will cross the Shell River five times and drill under twenty-two river crossings in Minnesota’s northern lake region.

At $7.5 billion, the proposed new Line 3 would be the largest project in Enbridge’s history and one of the largest crude oil pipelines in the world.

Recently, the DNR suspended the water allocation to Enbridge but allowed the company to “suck water from parched rivers and the Mississippi River,” according to LaDuke. “We saw them pumping water, maybe . . . half a million gallons of water out of the Mississippi River, already very low, under guard of the DNR,” she tells me. ...
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