The next round of MN regulatory hearings for the Sandpiper/Line 3 pipeline corridor is starting this week...Come along for another trip down the rabbit hole! There will be 13 public meetings across northern Minnesota, from April 25 - May 11, 2016. Please attend as many hearings as you an and give written or verbal comments about what the EIS should include! Treaty rights, wild rice, spill risk, abandonment, liability, water and air quality, climate change, etc.....this is your chance to voice your concerns. The written comment deadline is May 26. See below for details.
Honor the Earth is preparing extensive written comments right now and we will post them here to this page ASAP, along with a list of possible talking points for you to use too.
According to the Notice:
1. Each meeting will include an informal open house (1 hour), a formal presentation by state agency staff (30 minutes), and an opportunity for public comments (1.5 hours);
2. State agency staff members will facilitate the meeting and are available to respond to questions about the permitting process and the project;
3. NDPC and Enbridge (applicants) staff will also be available to answer questions about the proposed projects during the informal open house;
4. You may add verbal comments, written comments, or both into the record. A court reporter will be available to take verbal comments, and comment cards will be available for people who wish to provide written comments for the public record.
Written comments will be accepted through Thursday, May 26, 2016 online at www.sandpiperline3.us or via Email at Pipeline.Comments@state.mn.us, or by U.S. Mail to:
Jamie MacAlister, Environmental Review Manager, Minnesota Department of Commerce, 85 7th Place East, Suite 500, St. Paul MN 55101 or via Fax 651-539-0109.
Comments will be made available to the public via the PUC’s and the Department of Commerce’s websites. Please include the PUC Docket Numbers (Sandpiper: PL-6668/CN- 13-473 and PPL-13- 474, Line 3: PL-9/CN-14- 916 and PPL-15- 137) in all communications.
Note: Each project will have its own scope and EIS, however, public meetings will address both projects.
Eminent Domain: If issued a route permit by the PUC, Enbridge and NDPC may use the power of eminent domain to take land for this project. Any new easement or right-of- way agreements reached between Enbridge/NDPC and landowners before a pipeline route permit is issued will not be considered in the PUC’s final decision.