Progressive ‘Squad’ members in Minnesota to protest pipeline

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A banner displayed outside the Minnesota State Capito during a ‘Stop Line 3’ rally in Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 pipeline, which has been fiercely opposed by some environmental and indigenous groups, would be the first new cross-border export project built between Canada and the U.S. in years. Photographer: Tim Evans/Bloomberg via Getty Images

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Four congressional Democrats who are part of the progressive “Squad” and want President Joe Biden to stop construction of the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline traveled to the shores of the Mississippi River to make their plea.

Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Cori Bush of Missouri, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan were spending the holiday weekend visiting Bemidji and other parts of northern Minnesota to speak with members of Indigenous communities and others who have been protesting the project.

Line 3 starts in Alberta and clips a corner of North Dakota before crossing northern Minnesota en route to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.

The 337-mile line in Minnesota is the last step in replacing the deteriorating pipeline that was built in the 1960s.

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