URGENT LINE 3
Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan are deciding THIS WEEKEND whether to continue the state's legal challenge against the Line 3 tar sands pipeline, which would cross northern Minnesota.
Please call the governor's office TODAY: 651-201-3400.
Tell them your name and city (you might be talking to an answering machine), and leave a message like this: "Hi, I'm calling about the Line 3 pipelinebecause I am very concerned about climate change and protecting indigenous rights. Please continue the Department of Commerce appeal. Please STOP Line 3." (Add any other concerns / etc that you like.)
This legal appeal was started by Gov. Dayton's Department of Commerce, based on the premise that the Public Utilities Commission approved the pipeline illegally. It should be an easy call for Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan to continue the appeal and let the court process play out, but quite frankly, it looks like they need encouragement to do the right thing. There is a legal filing which the Walz administration should make by 4:30pm on Tuesday to continue their appeal, and we have been told that they have not yet decided whether they are going to file it or drop the appeal altogether. They need to hear from you.
This letter was sent today:
February 8, 2019
Office of Governor Tim Walz 130 State Capitol 75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd St. Paul, MN 5515
Dear Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan:
On behalf of the DFL American Indian Outreach Group and the DFL Environmental Caucus, we write to ask that you stand up for tribal rights, environmental rights and due process by refiling the Department of Commerce appeal of the flawed PUC decision on the proposed Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline.
This is an issue of upmost importance to the environment and an issue of social justice that concerns all Minnesotans.
The pipeline will run through Anishinaabe tribal treaty lands and a cherished tribal river, as well as our sacred wild rice beds. Our concern is that the pipeline will, like all pipelines ultimately do, spill and contaminate our waters. This makes Line 3 an immediate environmental threat to Minnesotans, as well as a cultural threat to the Anishinaabe people.
Once our wild rice beds have been contaminated, the rice will become inedible if it doesn’t stop growing altogether. Wild rice is a staple food for Anishinaabe, as well as a cultural anchor for many of our tribes. Protected by treaties, we must do our part to honor our commitment to these waters.
Scientists tell us we have just 12 years to cut our greenhouse gas emissions in half. Yet Line 3 would carry the dirtiest form of tar sands oil and would release as much CO2 as 50 coal-fired power plants. This would be a huge step backward for Minnesotans and the nation in meeting our climate goals. We and the world simply cannot afford to make this callous, radical choice.
If we ignore the science and continue investing in carbon intensive energy, we doom our children to a climate never before experienced by humankind, with deadly heat waves, floods, fire, famine and drought commonplace. We wouldn’t recognize this post-climate life, even here in mid-continent Minnesota.
But we can avoid this unhappy future if we reset our spending priorities to develop infrastructure based on clean, renewable, Minnesota-based sources of energy. Enbridge Line 3 cannot be part of this mix, if we care about the future.
Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan, we ask you to stand up and join this fight to honor long-standing treaty rights that give our American Indian citizens the right to hunt, fish and gather. And please join this fight to honor the environment that makes us all Minnesotans.
We ask you to refile the petition by Tuesday to have the Department of Commerce appeal heard.
Our future and our children’s future is on the line.
Chi- Miigwech and with sincere gratitude for your willingness to serve,
Joseph Vital, Chair DFL American Indian Outreach Group
Veda Kanitz, Chair DFL Environmental Caucus