Honor the Earth rallies at Enbridge offices; Group opposed to proposed Sandpiper pipeline
BEMIDJI -- An environmental group opposed to the future Sandpiper oil pipeline held a rally Thursday... at the Bemidji offices of the energy company planning to operate the pipeline.
Honor the Earth, opposed to the multi-billion dollar pipeline proposed by Calgary-based Enbridge Energy, held a rally/press event just outside Enbridge's offices in the city's industrial park.
Enbridge proposes running Sandpiper from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to refineries in the Twin Ports area and others. Enbridge's proposed route runs between between the small northwest Minnesota town of Clearbrook to Superior, Wis. However, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency have raised environmental concerns about Enbridge's route and advocated for the study of alternates. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is expected to make a ruling on the route in the future.
Thursday's rally was one of the last events in the "Love Water Not Oil Tour," Honor the Earth's 200-mile horseback journey across northern Minnesota in protest of Sandpiper.
About 30 to 40 people attended the...