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Pipeline Protesters Interrupt Dayton's Water Quality Town Hall

Pipeline Protesters Interrupt Dayton's Water Quality Town Hall Click to Enlarge Photo: Steven Coursolle (KNSI)

Sep 7, 2017 at 5:13 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - Governor Mark Dayton was in St. Cloud for a town hall meeting on improving water quality, but was met by protesters against the Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline that runs through Minnesota.

The town hall meeting at St. Cloud Technical and Community College is one of 10 the governor is holding across the state, a part of his 25 by 25 initiative, looking to improve the state's water quality by 25 percent by 2025.

Dayton was met with a handful of protesters from Minneapolis against the Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline that runs through Minnesota, who say the pipeline will hurt water quality and could have other environmental ramifications.

As Dayton was giving his opening remarks, four environmental protesters interrupted the governor saying they're against the pipeline altogether.

They also said indigenous tribes are against the pipeline going through their land.

Dayton responded saying if it's going to go through their territory, they'd have a seat at the table.

One protester interrupted saying the land is ceded territory, when the governor said he didn't want to get into that.

The protesters left on their own to plenty of applause from those in attendance and the meeting continued.

The town hall brought together various professionals that work in different industries all who put an emphasis on improving water quality.

The governor said he learned a lot and says St. Cloud is doing tremendous work on improving water quality, adding it's a big task serving a metropolitan area of 120,000 people.

 

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