Pipeline Resistance


Over the next few weeks, Minnesotans have the opportunity to speak up for our communities, voice concerns about the safety of our local environment, and stand up to Big Oil at hearings around the state.

Public hearings are being held June 6-22 on potential environmental and cultural impacts of Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline to be routed through the Mississippi headwaters. This is our first ever opportunity to comment on a draft Environmental Impact Statement for a crude oil pipeline in our state!

Canadian company Enbridge Inc. is the biggest oil transport company in North America. Last year, local movements, tribal resisters, and MN350 put Enbridge on its heels with help from Friends of the Headwaters who won a crucial court victory defeating the Sandpiper Pipeline. Now with a president who calls oil pipelines “the greatest technology,” we need to push back harder than ever against Enbridge’s risky carbon-combusting agenda.

Join us in the movement to plug up pipelines, to protect Minnesota, and to keep it in the ground.

The Pipeline Problem

Pipeline infrastructure allows the Big Oil industry to hide oil transport and make invisible the politics of a process that affects the environment and the people living and working in it – just by slipping it underground. Resisting oil pipelines is about strategically unearthing the power to protect the spaces where we live, and the power to make decisions about the energy sources on which our societies depend.

Pipelines are “cheap” for companies but incredibly expensive for the rest of us, costing us the air we breath, the water we drink, the integrity of the lands and habitats where we live, and throwing off the delicate balance of the climate.

On their way from fields like the Bakken Shale Formation in North Dakota or the Alberta Tar Sands to refineries and to market, pipelines are extremely risky projects for the environments they pass through. We know it’s not a question of whether a pipeline leaks, it’s a question of when it leaks. Pipelines are not a safe alternative to oil-by-rail transport (see our Pipeline FAQs page). And Enbridge has a particularly dirty history. In 2010, Enbridge was responsible for the largest inland oil spill in US history, dumping 1 million gallons into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River.

In 2015, the climate movement and allies convinced President Obama to reject Keystone XL, TransCanada’s tar sands pipeline. Since the Trump administration’s reversal of that decision, we must keep up the pressure to protect both local environments and the climate. (See our Regional Solidarity page.)

Pipelines are major strategic infrastructures for Big Oil, facilitating the fossil fuel economy and making them a crucial strategic point of intervention. We must disrupt these steady streams of oil in order to shift our energy grids and keep atmospheric CO2 at safe levels.

Check out the pages below for more information on pipelines and resistance efforts in Minnesota:

[These pages are under still construction, but will be live in the coming days. Stay tuned!]


–    Enbridge in Minnesota

–    Regional Solidarity: Keystone XL and #NoDAPL

–    When Resisters Win: the Sandpiper Pipeline

–    Alphabet Soup: Learning Pipeline Regulating Bodies in Minnesota

–    Pipeline FAQ’s

–    Pipeline Timelines: What’s Coming in 2017


Watch Highlights from our Pipeline Resistance Campaign: