Pressure is mounting on the Biden administration to revoke federal permits for Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline, HuffPost reports. The controversial pipeline, currently under construction by Canadian firm Enbridge, would traverse wetlands vital to Native culture and food sources in what is now Minnesota and Indigenous-led protests have fought to oppose the pipeline. Local communities have also reported a rise in sexual violence linked to the pipeline. A letter signed by eight Democratic senators and nearly two dozen House members criticized the administration for failing to suspend permits granted by the Trump administration in pursuit of its “energy dominance” agenda without consulting local tribes and “almost no independent evaluation of the risk of oil spills” along the proposed Line 3 route. The Biden administration has defended the legality of the permits.
Medical professionals across the country echoed the congressional letter Tuesday in a day of solidarity against the project. “The health of Minnesotans is at risk,” Teddie Potter, director of planetary health at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, told a crowd in St. Paul. “Tar sands oil threatens the health and wellness of future generations; we must stop the line.” (Letter: HuffPost; Medical workers: Grist)