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At least 1 arrested after hours-long Line 3 Pipeline protest near Carlton

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CARLTON, MN -- At least one person who apparently sat on top of the Line 3 Pipeline near Carlton for hours Monday, trying to halt construction, is behind bars.

The demonstration was part of a protest that drew a large law enforcement prescence near the oil pipeline's construction site, just west of Black Bear Casino, Monday afternoon and into the evening.

According to the Carlton County Jail roster, the 31-year-old man was booked around 10 p.m. Monday on "trespassing on critical public service facilities, refusing to leave on demand, obstructing the legal process" charges.

He has not officially been charged as of Tuesday morning.

A group representing the protestors claimed the man who was arrested sat on the pipeline for nearly five hours.

According to the "Resist Line 3" organization, he was trying to "prevent damage to the pipe."

In an email Tuesday morning, Resist Line 3 spokespeople claimed two other protestors were also arrested Monday night, however, KBJR 6 has not been able to independently confirm that information.

Enbridge spokespeople reacted to the protest in an email.

"Clearly what protestors did tonight was not safe," Juli Kellner, an Enbridge communications representative wrote. "Our first priority is the safety of all involved - our workers, men and women in law enforcement and the protestors themselves. As a company, we recognize the rights of individuals and groups to express their views legally and peacefully. We hoped all parties would come to accept the outcome of the thorough, science based review and multiple approvals of the Line 3 project over the past six years."

Enbridge began construction on the Line 3 Pipeline replacement project, which runs from Canada to Superior, in December after getting the final green light from the state of Minnesota.

The project has faced a years-long regulatory process.

Those against the Line 3 reconstruction are concerned about the environmental impacts the reconstruction project could pose.


CARLTON COUNTY, MN -- A group of protesters has made their opposition to Line 3 known in a big near Cloquet.

A small group drew a large law enforcement presence near the oil pipeline's construction site just west of Black Bear Casino Monday.

Protesters said they arrived around 3 p.m.

One of them was reportedly on top of the pipe, and refused to get off.

"He climbed on top of the pipe that they were laying into the ground and he has been on the pipe since approximately 3 p.m. refusing to move refusing to get down," said one of the protesters.

Fond du Lac Police and the Carlton County Sheriff's Officer were both on scene.

Enbridge released the following statement:

Clearly what protesters did tonight was not safe. Our first priority is the safety of all involved - our workers, men and women in law enforcement and the protesters themselves. As a company, we recognize the rights of individuals and groups to express their views legally and peacefully. We hoped all parties would come to accept the outcome of the thorough, science based review and multiple approvals of the Line 3 project over the past six years.

Briggs LeSavage

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