WE, THE UNDERSIGNED ORGANIZATIONS, CALL ON THE STATE OF MINNESOTA TO EMPTY THE LINE 3 PIPE YARDS.
Enbridge Energy has paid over 300 million dollars for all of the pipe that would be used for the Minnesota section of Line 3 pipeline and has already placed 60% of that pipe in 11 storage pipe yards across Minnesota. The rest of the pipe is coming in by rail and truck as we speak.
Permits for these storage yards are illegal and invalid. The permits are invalid because the MPCA’s Construction Stormwater General Permit, under which these pipe yards were authorized, requires all environmental review for the project to be
completed before issuance. Also, the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) prohibits the issuance of any permits for new projects before the state’s environmental review is complete and deemed adequate.
The state is allowing Enbridge Energy to illegally prepare for the construction of the Line 3 expansion pipeline and they need to be held accountable. We demand that Enbridge demonstrate their support for a fair review process by acknowledging their non-compliance with MEPA and the CSW General Permit application prerequisites, terminating all relevant CSW permits, and removing their pipes from state boundaries. Otherwise, the MPCA should vacate the CSW permits and require Enbridge to remove their pipes from state boundaries.
We vow to take action and hold Enbridge Energy accountable for their illegally permitted storage yards. We stand in solidarity with and will show up to support the indigenous led frontline resistance against Line 3.
*Evidence & More Information: https://www.stopline3.org/news/pipeyards
Chi-Nations Youth Council
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha
North-Central Wisconsin ExPO
Midwest Prisoner Support
Earth Defense Coalition
Twin Cities General Defense Committee Local 14
Minnesota Public Interest Relations Group
Makwa Initiative – Line 3 Frontline Resistance Camp
Honor the Earth
Last Real Indians
Young Peoples Action Coalition
Rainforest Action Network
Rising Tide North America
Showing Up for Racial Justice