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.
Join us to celebrate the Paddle to Protect youth as they conclude their 250 mile canoe voyage through the Mississippi headwaters honoring the territories and communities threatened by the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline.
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.
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
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.
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.
On July 5, 2017, a group of 12 fearless young people known as the “Youth Climate Intervenors” were granted full status as a formal intervening party in Minnesota's “contested case” permit process for Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 pipeline! What does that mean? Let us explain.
This August, a group of Indigenous youth fighting the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline will undertake a 250-mile canoe journey across northern Minnesota to stand for the water. We will start where the new Line 3 would cross the headwaters of the great Mississippi River, and travel a traditional canoe route to Big Sandy Lake, where hundreds of Ojibwe were killed by the US government in 1850, and where Line 3 is proposed to cross the Mississippi again.
In a groundbreaking move, the city of Grand Rapids, Minnesota is the first to ask the state of Minnesota to require Enbridge to remove its existing Line 3 pipeline.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Line 3 pipeline attempts to justify why the oil industry’s need to profit is greater than the need of the Anishinaabeg people to survive. These are the 10 ways the Line 3 DEIS has failed to serve tribal communities of Minnesota.
Frustrated by 4 years of bold, Indigenous-led resistance to their proposed pipelines in Minnesota, Enbridge’s most recent strategy was to try to fast-track their Line 3 project by passing laws at the state level to bypass the regulatory process. But we stopped them once again. The campaign to stop Line 3 grows stronger by the day.
On Monday, May 15, 2017, the State of Minnesota released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Enbridge's proposed new Line 3 pipeline. You can view or download the entire DEIS here. The State will hold 22 public meetings in June 2017, all over Minnesota, to gather public comment on the DEIS. Click here for the detailed schedule and read more for details.