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The site near LaSalle Creek in Hubbard County is one of three places where crews installing the Enbridge-owned pipeline last year caused uncontrolled flows of groundwater.
"Despite attempts by people like Winona LaDuke to try to confuse, mislead or misrepresent, reality is something that thankfully cannot be ignored," says Thief River Falls Mayor Brian Holmer.
"There’s a pretty good argument to be made that Enbridge incentivized arresting people, including creating some new legal theories of theft. A half-dozen people were charged with felony theft for locking themselves to construction equipment, depriving Enbridge of its use. Hubbard County dismissed those charges."
A study shows during peak construction in 2021, Line 3 employment reached over 14,400 jobs and surpassed overall economic projections.

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Roughly a thousand people were arrested during those actions. Some were charged with relatively serious crimes, including gross misdemeanors and felonies.
Oil has been flowing through the completed pipeline for months now, but the White Earth Band of Ojibwe — Minnesota's largest Native American tribe with about 20,000 members — continues fighting the project in court, and through extraordinary surveillance efforts.
It’s not yet clear whether the breach caused any long-term environmental damage or affected aquifer levels in the area.
As reported earlier this week by Forum News Service, the Minnesota segment is the last portion of the 1,000-mile line that stretches from Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wisconsin. It is expected to transport nearly 32 million gallons of oil per day.
On Wednesday, the Canada-based company Enbridge announced Line 3 would be in service starting Friday, Oct. 1. Pipeline proponents and opponents both made statements in response to the news.
The agency said Enbridge deviated from its plans and dug too deep. It's referred the matter to the Clearwater County attorney for criminal prosecution.

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U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is making her final pitch to President Joe Biden to revoke the permits for Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline replacement project, set to begin moving oil as soon as this year.
Enbridge gave an update on the construction process of its Line 3 replacement project during a virtual project update on Wednesday. During the meeting, officials said construction is near completion, but work will continue into next year.
The decision lets a lower court's ruling stand.

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