FLEMINGTON, NJ – A youth-led group from the Hunterdon County Sunrise Movement is protesting this Saturday against the proposed Line 3 pipeline replacement in northern Minnesota.
The project aims to replace the existing 1,097-mile crude oil pipeline that runs from Edmonton, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, built in the 1960s.
“The adverse effects of this pipeline will continue to harm our people, our lands, our water and other natural resources if we do not take the appropriate measures to stop it,” said a statement sent by the group. . “This is an ongoing crisis that needs to be addressed urgently.”
The rally begins at noon at the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee office at 155 Main St. It is part of a global day of action by the group, in “an effort to support Indigenous water protectors who led the charge on shutting down pipeline construction. “
The group will have hand-painted signs, banners and posters, as well as megaphones for speakers and artists.
“Ending the Line 3 pipeline would be a step towards environmental justice and a clean energy future,” the same statement said.
Enbridge, the company responsible for the project, says replacing the aging pipeline will benefit the environment and any unwanted impacts will be temporary and primarily related to the construction phase.
“More than 20 federal, state and local permits and approvals were required before construction of this most studied pipeline project in Minnesota history,” Enbridge wrote on its website, claiming to have also consulted with tribal communities during the planning phase to minimize the impact on their cultural resources.