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Love Water Not Oil - Tour Update

The Love Water Not Oil tour is in full swing! We had a great showing at the McGregor PUC hearings on Tuesday (August 26th) with so many people wanting to voice their concerns about the pipeline, that both meetings ran over time by hours. Our horse riders are covering ground everyday and enjoying the lush forested country, while our canoe flotilla has already harvested and processed manoomin (wild rice).

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PRESS RELEASE: MN PUC grants Eminent Domain for Sandpiper, calls for Environmental Review and Cooperation with Tribes, Federal Agencies

On Monday, August 3, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued two orders for Enbridge’s Sandpiper pipeline application – granting the Certificate of Need, which conveys to Enbridge the powers of eminent domain, and commencing the routing permit review process. However, there were conditions. First, the PUC order requires a thorough Comparative Environmental Analysis (CEA), which “shall also include a qualitative as well as quantitative analysis of the environmental impacts of the various route alternatives; and consider the environmental impact of the Sandpiper facility alone and the cumulative impact of both the Sandpiper facility in the Line 3 replacement project.” This is an important shift in regulatory process, as the PUC previously denied the motion by Honor the Earth to combine environmental analysis for Line 3 and Sandpiper.
 

 

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Keystone XL Faces Strong Opposition in PUC Hearing

At a marathon hearing that began on July 29 in Pierre, South Dakota, the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) was tasked to decide if it should recertify the company’s permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline. However, TransCanada faced strong opposition to their Keystone XL plans. Members of the grassroots group Dakota Rural Action, Native American tribes, and individual landowners made their case that TransCanada is not qualified for the job.

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PUC grants Eminent Domain for Sandpiper, calls for Environmental Review and Cooperation with Tribes, Federal Agencies

On Monday, August 3, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued two orders for Enbridge’s Sandpiper pipeline application – granting the Certificate of Need, which conveys to Enbridge the powers of eminent domain, and commencing the routing permit review process.   However, there were conditions...

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Canadian Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling on Native Land Rights

The Canadian Supreme court recently made one of the  “most important Supreme Court ruling on aboriginal rights in Canadian history.” This June 2015 ruling recognized that tribes had title to lands that they had not ceded through treaties.  Particularly, the ruling granted the Tsilqhot’in Nation (pronounced Sil-KO-tin) aboriginal title to a vast piece of land in the interior of British Columbia.

 

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NCAI Calls for Federal Intervention in Sandpiper Process

On July 1, 2015, the National Congress of American Indians adopted a formal resolution calling for a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Enbridge Energy’s proposed Sandpiper/Line 3 oil pipeline corridor across treaty-ceded territory in Northern Minnesota.  The NCAI is the oldest and largest national organization of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments.  The official resolution can be viewed on their website here.    

The resolution calls for...

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Petition Filed to Add Moose to Endangered Species List

On July 9, 2015, Honor the Earth and The Center for Biological Diversity filed a legal petition seeking federal Endangered Species Act protection for a subspecies of moose found in the Midwest.  Climate change, habitat degradation, and disease have driven a nearly 60% drop in Minnesota’s moose population in the last ten years.   

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Sandpiper Certificate of Need is Declaration of War

On Friday, June 5, the Minnesota Public Utility Commission (PUC) granted Enbridge Inc. a certificate of need for the Sandpiper pipeline, despite requests from the tribes to postpone this decision to take into account their public hearing process, and despite clear evidence that the pipeline would violate treaty rights and endanger the wild rice and water of the north.  The White Earth and Mille Lacs bands of Ojibwe each came out strongly against the Sandpiper pipeline.

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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.

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Summer of Action 2015

In the upcoming months, you will see amazing changes in the work in the North. More people than ever are aware of the threats of new pipelines: not only threats to our water and wild rice, but also the links to climate change and violence against people elsewhere.   In early June, the tribal governments of the Mille Lacs and White Earth Bands, joined by the 1855 Treaty Commission, will host public hearings on the Enbridge pipelines.  Our people will testify as to why our lakes and wild rice are sacred and worth protecting from dirty oil.

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