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Indigenous opponents of Line 3 are raising money to fly a drone with thermal imaging equipment along the oil pipeline’s Minnesota route to see for themselves whether there are more drilling fluid spills or groundwater problems.
Thermal imaging is a new direction for the Indigenous-led Line 3 opposition. It comes as state environmental regulators investigate whether construction crews damaged aquifers at two locations along the Line 3 route, in addition to the major aquifer breach in Clearwater County for which energy company Enbridge has been fined. The state’s latest estimates are that the breach has spilled about 50 million gallons of groundwater, up from previous estimates of around 24 million gallons.