He described the property as currently containing an array of tepees, yurts and waginogans to accommodate the numbers at the camp. He described himself as someone who would “fight parking tickets by looking for a jury trial.”
Enbridge is constructing a new pipeline to replace the existing 50-year-old Line 3 that crosses northern Minnesota on its route from Alberta to Superior. The replacement is currently under construction in Canada and Wisconsin, and awaiting the outcome of a review process in Minnesota.
Public hearings now underway in Minnesota will determine whether state regulators award the company a permit to replace the 50-year old pipeline in the state. But St. Louis County authorities appear to be trying to get out in front of environmental activists’ attempt to set up a base camp in the arrowhead.
Protesters have said the lockdowns in Douglas County are a preview of things to come in Minnesota should the state approve the pipeline. Line 3 approval in the state was dealt a blow earlier this month when the Minnesota Department of Commerce concluded in testimony that the state does not need another Line 3.
The county, in its letter, cited ordinances for land use fees, solid waste disposal and sewage treatment in making its attempt, it said, “to assist you in properly establishing a campground on your property.”
Kretz wasn’t buying it.
“I’m not going to get a permit,” he said. “You only get permission or a license to do something which would otherwise be unlawful.”