Tribes Join Forces to Demand Full Cultural Resources Survey

Tribes Join Forces to Demand Full Cultural Resources Survey

On Tuesday, the 5 Ojibwe bands intervening in Minnesota’s Line 3 case joined forces on an assertive legal action for the first time in this 4+ year battle.  Their legal brief meticulously documents the State’s consistent disregard for tribal rights and tribal concerns throughout this process, and profound failure to assess impacts to historic and cultural properties and treaty-protected resources.  It asks the PUC to halt the entire process until a full survey of cultural resources is completed for the entire corridor and all alternative routes, with that data included in the EIS so that it can inform the PUC’s permit decisions.

HOW MANY PIPELINES IS ENBRIDGE PLANNING FOR THE NEW LINE 3 CORRIDOR?

HOW MANY PIPELINES IS ENBRIDGE PLANNING FOR THE NEW LINE 3 CORRIDOR?

Enbridge has stated and testified repeatedly that Line 3 is the only pipeline they currently plan to build in Minnesota.  But during the 12-day evidentiary hearing for the State of Minnesota’s review process for Line 3, interesting new information came to light suggesting that Enbridge may be withholding other plans for their proposed new Line 3 corridor. 

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.