Green Visions: "We can't dodge these elements of power"

Jul 21, 2021

Carrie Chesnik captured a video of Enbridge employees working to clean up an apparent spill of drilling fluid in a wetland. An environmental activist collects a sample of water from the spill area.
Credit Carrie Chesnik/Rights of Mississippi River

It was supposed to be a chance for scientists, Indigenous organizers and leaders, and a broad swath of regional decision-makers at all levels to come together and see first-hand what the drought is doing to the lakes and rivers in northern Minnesota.

At issue is Enbridge's recent request to take almost five billion gallons of water as they work their way across the state with the Line 3 pipeline replacement project.

And with the most widespread drought areas in the state in eight years, those five billion gallons are looking more and more significant.

Then, in the middle of the tour, attendees came across a group of Enbridge employees working to clean up a frac-out - a spill of drilling fluid - in a wetland.

The video posted of the frac-out aftermath is here.