On March 7th, the U.S. State Department will hold the only public hearing in the country on a proposed international tar sands pipeline expansion which would increase the flow of the world's dirtiest oil across the Mississippi River and through the tribal territory and wild rice beds of northern Minnesota. This is technically a meeting about the Supplemental EIS prepared for the expansion of the Alberta Clipper Pipeline (Line 67) where it crosses the US-Canada border, but it is in effect a meeting about the proposed new Line 3 pipeline and its border crossing.
In 2015, with blatant disregard for the law, the environment, and Indigenous rights, the State Department allowed Enbridge to build a small piece of the new Line 3 and then funnel all the Alberta Clipper oil into it - we call this the "double-cross" or "switcheroo" scheme, and it was the basis of a lawsuit against the State Department led by the White Earth Nation and their allies. President Trump's State Department is now trying to approve the expansion of the Clipper and the new Line 3 pipeline with as little public involvement as possible, so it's important that we show up and pack the room and let them know why this project is a disaster in the making for Minnesota, our climate, and our water.
This public hearing is our first opportunity to fight back since the federal courts ruled against us in White Earth Nation vs. Department of State. Please join us to show the Trump administration and the oil industry executives that run this country that we will NOT ALLOW more tar sands to cross our territories!
Facebook event is here!
Our friends at MN350 are running a bus from the Twin Cities and you can get tickets here. Also, our friends at Northwoods350 are running a bus from the Duluth/Fond du Lac area and you can get tickets here. (They are also having a pancake breakfast on Saturday 2/28 to make plans).
PLEASE NOTE: The public meeting is 4:30pm-7:30pm but please join us at 1pm on the same day for a SOLUTIONS EVENT focusing on clean energy solutions, likely at the Rail River Folk School in Bemidji -- details coming very soon. Winona LaDuke and a host of other renewable energy leaders will speak about what we DO want.