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Enbridge protest makes national game

BY Sarah smith

An unidentified protester took a daring leap during the third inning of the All-Star Game at Target Field to post an anti-Enbridge sign that said, “Love water not oil.”

The sign got 10 minutes of national attention Tuesday night during the game before it was removed.

Enbridge, a corporation out of Alberta, Canada, is planning a pipeline through Hubbard County to transport oil from the North Dakota Bakken oil patch to markets in Superior, Wisc.

But protests and objections continue to build as opponents want the pipelines moved away from the Mississippi Headwaters in Itasca State Park, and away from pristine lakes in north central Minnesota.

Twin Cities media have linked the sign and slogan to the Honor the Earth campaign, a Native-led environmental organization established by Winona LaDuke and the Indigo Girls. It was established to protest the pipeline.

In May, the organization held a “Love Water Not Oil” benefit concert in Duluth and one on Madeline Island, with all proceeds going “to defend our waters, lands and communities from pipelines and practices of dangerous resource extraction, according to City Pages, a Twin Cities news outlet.

LaDuke told the Bemidji Pioneer Wednesday she knew little of the impetus for the sign.

“I do not believe that her group, or whatever that means, was involved in the placement, because we’ve only been working on the promotion of the slogan recently and are still getting the bumper stickers etc. put together,” said native activist Frank Bibeau, who works with LaDuke. 

“I’ve tried to take credit myself several times today but everybody laughs me off,” Bibeau said jokingly. 

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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