On Tuesday, March 7, hundreds of concerned community members will attend the US State Department’s only public meeting on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the expansion of the Alberta Clipper crude oil pipeline, which transports tar sands across the lake country of Northern Minnesota, including the Leech Lake and Fond du Lac Reservations. A rally outside the event will include traditional Ojibwe drumming and jingle-dress dance, and local leaders will hold a press conference.
Earlier that afternoon, Honor the Earth will join a coalition of environmental groups in holding a “Solutions Summit” to highlight clean energy technologies that tribes and other Northern communities are already employing, to lead the transition off fossil fuels. Five local renewable energy leaders including Honor the Earth's Executive Director, Winona LaDuke, will present and answer questions. Then we will march from Rail River Folk School to the meeting at the Sanford Center.
This is technically a meeting about the SEIS prepared for the expansion of the Alberta Clipper Pipeline (Line 67) where it crosses the US-Canada border, but it is in effect also a meeting about the proposed new Line 3 pipeline and its border crossing. Let us explain. The Alberta Clipper was already expanded 2 years ago, through an illegal scheme that violated federal law and common sense by using a piece of the proposed new and not yet permitted Line 3 pipeline. In 2015, with blatant disregard for the law, the environment, and Indigenous rights, the State Department allowed Enbridge to build a small piece of the new Line 3 and then funnel all the Alberta Clipper oil into it - we call this the "double-cross" or "switcheroo" scheme, and it was the basis of a lawsuit against the State Department led by the White Earth Nation, Honor the Earth, and our allies.
Now President Trump's State Department, including the new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (former Exxon CEO), is getting its paperwork in order, and trying to approve the expansion of the Clipper and the new Line 3 pipeline with as little public involvement as possible. What he may not realize is that Standing Rock has sparked a historic resurgence of Indigenous Nations across Turtle Island, and we are bringing that energy to the Great Lakes to fortify our resistance and stop the proposed Line 3 pipeline in its tracks.
This public hearing is our first opportunity to fight back since the federal courts ruled against us in White Earth Nation vs. Department of State. Please join us to show the Trump administration and the oil industry executives that run this country that we will NOT ALLOW more tar sands to cross our territories!
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Our friends at MN350 are running a bus from the Twin Cities and you can get tickets here. Also, our friends at Northwoods350 are running a bus from the Duluth/Fond du Lac area and you can get tickets here.
PLEASE NOTE: The public meeting is 4:30pm-7:30pm but please join us at 1pm on the same day for a SOLUTIONS EVENT focusing on clean energy solutions at the Rail River Folk School in Bemidji. Winona LaDuke and a host of other renewable energy leaders will speak about what we DO want.