Pipelines

 

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ACTION ALERT

Call or email MN Dept of Commerce on Line 3

11/21/20

Call MN Dept of Commerce

651-539-1441

I am calling from (PLACE), MN, because I am extremely concerned about the possibility of construction on the Line 3 pipeline.

The pipeline is still facing enormous legal challenges from tribal nations, advocacy groups, and the MN Dept of Commerce. 

I am calling to urge the DOC to advocate for a stay against construction to protect the integrity of the process, and to protect communities in MN from the dangerous spread of COVID.

Thank you

Email MN Dept of Commerce

consumer.protection@state.mn.us

I am writing from (PLACE), MN, because I am extremely concerned about the possibility of construction on the Line 3 pipeline.

The pipeline is still facing enormous legal challenges from tribal nations, advocacy groups, and the MN Dept of Commerce. 

I am writing to urge the DOC to advocate for a stay against construction to protect the integrity of the process, and to protect communities in MN from the dangerous spread of COVID.

Thank you

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SIGN THE STATEMENT OF OPPOSITION TO LINE 3

AN OPEN LETTER TO MINNESOTA DECISION MAKERS

A BROAD AND GROWING MOVEMENT SAYS THE TIME IS NOW TO STOP LINE 3 

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Dear Friends, It’s looking more and more like we may have a situation across northern MN very soon. This week the MN DNR granted Canadian corporation Enbridge two permits to run their new Line 3 tar sands pipeline across protected wetlands. Even though they still need about a dozen permits from the MN Pollution Control Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers, and more from the DNR, Enbridge workers and equipment are busy working across the northern tier of our state. Our indigenous friends have observed them clearing thousands of trees along the proposed route, building roads through the woods, and even constructing electrical sub-stations to power new pumping stations. They have contracted with 2 companies to dig and build the pipeline, one coming from the east side of MN, one from the west. And they are hiring anyone with a gun to serve as “security.,” no experience needed, $25 an hour. This is all called “pre-construction,” but signals that they aren’t planning to back down. The DNR OKs also signal that they will allow Line 3 to completion.* Tar sands is the world’s dirtiest oil. When burned, the oil from new Line 3 will add as much CO2 to the atmosphere as 50 new coal-fired power plants would, every day for the next 60+ years.

* Obviously, our planet cannot handle that much CO2, as we face imminent climate catastrophes right now. The Youth Climate Interveners have a lawsuit to stop Line 3, but that could take months, or years.

* Line 3 will cross 212 bodies of water in Minnesota, including the Mississippi River twice. Any leak could imperil drinking water for millions downstream, and Lake Superior.

* Minnesota is BREAKING HISTORICAL TREATIES with our tribal neighbors by permitting Line 3. Treaties guarantee the right to hunt, fish, and gather all across the north. Line 3 will destroy wild rice, introduce invasive species, interrupt wildlife habitats. The Red Lake Nation, Mille Lacs Band, and White Earth Nation are all suing to stop Line 3, as is Honor the Earth and the Sierra Club. Again, the courts move slowly.

* Indigenous women, girls, and boys are 4 times more likely to disappear when big industrial projects like this occur in Indian Territory. #MMIW is a huge epidemic across North America. People are frightened.

* Minnesotans are opposed! 68,000 people spoke and wrote against this project during the official process, compared with 4,000 in favor. Thank you, INM members, for standing against this pipeline for over 3 years now!

* Our MN Environmental Protection Act, or MEPA, expressly forbids any massive project that doesn’t directly benefit Minnesotans. NONE of the millions of barrels of oil per day are destined for us, or needed by us. It’s ALL headed on through WI to MI and beyond. In other words, our own Minnesota agencies are BREAKING MINNESOTA LAW by granting these permits. Our Dept. of Commerce recognized this, determined there is NO NEED for this oil in our state, and is suing to Stop Line 3. But for unknown reasons, our DNR is going ahead with permits! (Those of us fighting this for many years call this ‘corporate capture,’ meaning the agencies tasked with protecting us & our environment are now simply working WITH corporations.)

PAST ARTICLES

Twenty petitions and 10,000 comments: A look at the public response to the Enbridge Line 3 water permit

MinnPost 6/5//2020, Gregg Aamot 

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Prevails as Federal Judge Strikes Down DAPL Permits

EarthJustice 3/25/2020

Judge orders environmental review of Dakota Access pipeline

Associated Press 3/25/2020

MPCA will hear Line 3 public comment by phone

Duluth News Tribune 3/24/2020

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency releases draft permit for $2.6B Enbridge pipeline project

Star Tribune 2/27/2020, Mike Hughlett

Minnesota regulators OK Line 3 certificate of need and environmental review

Bemidji Pioneer 2/3/2020, Jimmy Lovrien and Matthew Guerry

Minnesota continues it charade on Enbridge Line 3’s environmental review

Healing Minnesota Stories 1/9/2020

PUC to offer encore performance of “Ignore the Risk,” starring Enbridge Line 3

Healing Minnesota Stories 12/10/2019

Oil spill in North Dakota is Keystone pipeline's second in 2 years

StarTribune 10/31/2019,  Mike Hughlett

Native View Column: Protect land, water by opposing Enbridge's Line 3

Duluth News Tribune 10/17/2019,  Babette Sandman

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency denies key permit for Enbridge Line 3

Duluth News Tribune 9/27/2019, Dana Ferguson

Minnesota regulators to chart next steps for Enbridge Line 3 project

Duluth News Tribune 9/24/2019, Dana Ferguson

Minnesota Supreme Court denies Line 3 appeal, likely allowing project to advance

Duluth News Tribune 9/17/2019, Dana Ferguson

Reader's view: Enbridge must think Minnesotans are stupid

Duluth News Tribune 9/6/2019, Kevin Swanberg

Elizabeth Warren comes out against Line 3 and Twin Metals, and Minnesota construction unions are not happy

MinnPost 8/20/2019, Walker Orenstein

Bad River sues Enbridge to force pipeline removal

Duluth News Tribune 7/24/2019, Ashland Daily Press 

Michigan AG sues to shut down Enbridge's Line 5 in the Great Lakes

Duluth News Tribune 6/27/2019, Danielle Kaeding, Wisconsin Public Radio

Environmental and tribal groups hold education summit on Line 3

Duluth News Tribune 6/26/2019, Jordan Shearer / Forum News Service

Line 3 project faces additional delays as agencies wait for guidance on environmental review

Duluth News Tribune 6/18/2019, Dana Ferguson

Line 3 pipeline opponents aim to keep the pressure on Walz administration

Duluth News Tribune 6/6/2019, Dana Ferguson

How Police, Private Security, and Energy Companies Are Preparing for a New Pipeline Standoff

The Intercept 1/30/2019, Will ParrishAlleen Brown

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