June 6th, 2015
ST Paul, MN — Honor the Earth joined IEN, MN350.org, Sierra Club, and others to help organize a the largest march against tar sands that the midwest has ever seen. An estimated 5,000 people came out to demand an end to tar sands extraction and the numerous pipeline projects being pushed on Minnesota's lake country. It was a festive atmosphere, full of art and music and dancing, and at the rally at the state capitol building at the end, leaders from across the country voiced their support for protecting our fresh water and our climate.
Unfortunately, the day before the march, the Public Utilities Commission granted Enbridge a Certificate of Need for their Sandpiper line. This stood in stark contrast to the will of the people made obvious by the record breaking rally the next day. Minnesota regulators also ignored requests from the tribes to postpone this decision to take into account their public hearing process, and granted the certificate despite clear evidence that the pipeline would violate treaty rights.