ST. PAUL, MN—Rep. Sandy Layman, R-Cohasset, issued the following statement regarding four protesters who attempted to close pipeline valves for the Line 3 and Line 4 pipelines that stretch across northern Minnesota. News reports indicate at least some of the involved individuals were taken into custody.
"These reckless actions threaten the safety of surrounding communities, first responders, and the protesters themselves," Layman said. "Everyone has the right the protest, but trespassing on private property and tampering with critical infrastructure is dangerous and extremely irresponsible."
Last session, lawmakers approved a measure aimed at discouraging these illegal acts of protest. The bill was ultimately vetoed by Governor Dayton.