Thousands Join Tar Sands Resistance March

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.

Here is a round up of articles that covered the march:

AP: Thousands gather for St. Paul protest against pipeline

AP: Sandpiper pipeline receives one of two Minnesota permits for construction

Washington Examiner: Tar sand pipeline deal protests: 'Get our leaders to #ActOnClimate' tweets Ellison

Think Progress: Thousands March In The Midwest’s Largest-Ever Anti-Tar Sands Rally

Common Dreams: Midwest Battlecry Goes Up Against Tar Sands as Thousands March in St. Paul

Forum News Service: In St. Paul, tar sands pipeline protest draws thousands

Star Tribune: Pipeline protest draws marchers to St. Paul

MPR News: Protesters march against oil pipeline expansion

WCCO: Several Thousand Gather For St. Paul Protest Against Pipeline

KARE: Activists march in St. Paul to protest oil pipelines

KMSP-TV: Thousands fill downtown St. Paul to rally against proposed Sandpiper pipeline

Valley News Live: Activists Protest Oil Pipelines

Bring Me The News: Streets close as hundreds march through St. Paul to protest oil pipeline

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