Members of Red Lake Band protest Enbridge pipeline which runs illegally through their tribal land. (Photo: Monte Draper/ Bemidji Pioneer)Day seven of blockade: Group hopes to slow down the flow of Canadian tar sands oil
Reposted from Common Dreams. Written by Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams staff writer
Braving frigid temperatures and intense snowfall, a group of Red Lake Nation tribal members are now on their seventh day of a blockade of an Enbridge oil pipeline, which they say passes illegally through their sacred tribal land in northern Minnesota.
Related: Youtube video: Red Lake Direct Action to stop illegal Enbridge pipeline
The occupation utilizes a pipeline safety law which states that if a person or thing remains situated above a pipeline for over 72 hours the pipeline must be shut off. The protesters hope that the demonstration will slow down the production of tar sands in Canada.
The encampment began on February 28th, with the 72 hour mark passing days ago. Though Enbridge has not yet "stopped the flow," Cobenais said in an email, the group "continues to stand the line."