Line 3 Public Hearings Take Minnesota By Storm

Line 3 Public Hearings Take Minnesota By Storm

The nine public hearings on the “Certificate Of Need” and “Route Permit” for Line 3 ended today. They are overseen by an administrative law judge and are also attended by witnesses provided by Enbridge that proposed the route for the pipeline.  The public hearings are an opportunity for the public to speak against or for the project and its proposed route. The Public Utilities Commission is supposed to take all of the comments and testimony into account before issuing their final decision in the spring of 2018.

SIX OJIBWE TRIBES ANNOUNCE THEIR OWN ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW FOR LINE 3

SIX OJIBWE TRIBES ANNOUNCE THEIR OWN ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW FOR LINE 3

Largely in response to the profound shortcomings in the State of Minnesota’s environmental review process for the proposed new Line 3 oil pipeline, six Ojibwe bands in Minnesota have announced their own review process for Line 3.  Tribal governments are standing up to assert their rights of self-determination and to protect the lands, waters, and resources critical to the survival of the Anishinaabeg.  

Indigenous-Led Coalition Calls on Banks to Divest from Line 3!

Indigenous-Led Coalition Calls on Banks to Divest from Line 3!

Today, a coalition of Indigenous, national and international groups join a growing movement placing pressure on financial institutions to drop financially and socially risky projects, delivering a group letter to the 36 banks providing corporate finance to fossil fuel infrastructure giant Enbridge.

Minnesota Tribal Liaison For Line 3 Resigns to Protest Corruption

Minnesota Tribal Liaison For Line 3 Resigns to Protest Corruption

The tribal liaison for the environmental review of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline has resigned to protest of the state of Minnesota’s “failure to engage in meaningful and transparent tribal consultation” with impacted communities of the 1855 treaty territory.

Understanding the Minnesota DOC’s Opposition Testimony For Line 3

Understanding the Minnesota DOC’s Opposition Testimony For Line 3

Last week, the Minnesota Department of Commerce shocked us all with its formal testimony in opposition to Line 3.  As the DOC is the direct arm of the Governor’s office (part of the Executive Branch), we all hope that their testimony marks a long-awaited political shift by the Dayton administration.  After taking some time to review the 338-page DOC testimony, we now offer our analysis.  

5th Annual Love Water Not Oil Tour - MINNESOTA

5th Annual Love Water Not Oil Tour - MINNESOTA

After riding the existing pipeline route in Wisconsin in mid-July, we will start again and ride against the proposed Line 3 route in Minnesota.  Our ride to #StopLine3 will open in East Lake on July 23rd and conclude in Bemidji on August 10th.  

5 Ojibwe Tribes Intervene in Minnesota’s Contested Case Process for Line 3

5 Ojibwe Tribes Intervene in Minnesota’s Contested Case Process for Line 3

On Wednesday, July 12, the last of the 5 directly impacted Ojibwe tribes was given full status as an intervening party in the State of Minnesota’s contested case permit process for Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 oil pipeline.  The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe now joins the White Earth, Mille Lacs, Fond du Lac, and Red Lake Bands of Ojibwe as intervening parties in the case, along with a long list of environmental groups and Enbridge partners, two farmers who live along the route, and a group of 13 young people known as the “Youth Climate Intervenors.”  

Photo by Joe Brusky

Group of 36 State Legislators Among the 3,000 Public Comments on Minnesota’s DEIS for Line 3

Group of 36 State Legislators Among the 3,000 Public Comments on Minnesota’s DEIS for Line 3

The Minnesota Department of Commerce received approximately 3000 public comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Line 3, including from landowners, tribal members, organizations, businesses, City Councils, tribal governments, state agencies, federal agencies, and elected officials.  A group of 36 Minnesota legislators submitted extensive comments together, and expressed concerns about inadequacies in the DEIS sections on spill modeling, pipeline abandonment, climate change, disproportionate impacts on tribal people, treaty rights, and the No Build Alternative.

Minnesota Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein speaks after a "Dance for the Water" event in St. Paul, just before the DEIS public meeting on June 13, 2017.  Photo: Jaida Grey Eagle.  

5th Annual Love Water Not Oil Tour - WISCONSIN

5th Annual Love Water Not Oil Tour - WISCONSIN

This summer we are riding our horses against the current of the oil on the 5th Annual Love Water Not Oil tour. This time around, we are starting in Wisconsin, and riding up Enbridge's Line 67 which would receive the oil proposed to flow through Enbridge's new Line 3. We are fighting this every step of the way, and this month, we fight with our horses and our prayers.