ST. PAUL, MN – Local Representatives John Burkel, R-Badger, Deb Kiel, R-Crookston, and Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, and Senator Mark Johnson, R-East Grand Forks, released the following statement regarding the escalating protests over the construction of the Line 3 Replacement Project:
“Over the past few weeks we have watched as protestors, many from outside of Minnesota, are using significantly more aggressive tactics in attempts to stop construction on the Line 3 project.
We respect the right of people to express their views and opinions, but the recent events go far beyond what is acceptable. Protestors putting spikes in roads to damage vehicles, vandalizing equipment and going as far as using human waste in protest activities is dangerous and disgusting.
We want to thank our local law enforcement partners that have been monitoring and responding to the escalating Line 3 protests and ensuring the safety of all involved, as well as those working on the Line 3 replacement for their excellent work under pressure. The Line 3 Replacement Project is important to our communities. We are incredibly grateful that law enforcement officers have been responding in a timely and effective manner as they are unfortunately and repeatedly being forced to respond to protests instead of serving the broader community.
We will continue to support our law enforcement officers and advocate for the resources needed to protect our local workers and communities during these protests.”