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While America Spars Over the Keystone XL, A Vast Network of Pipelines is Quietly Being Approved

 

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After countless marches, arrests, Congressional votes, and editorials, the five-and-a-half year battle over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is nearing its end. If a recent ruling in Nebraska doesn’t delay the decision further, America could find out as soon as this spring whether or not the pipeline, which has become a focal point in America’s environmental movement, will be built.

But while critics and proponents of Keystone XL have sparred over the last few years, numerous pipelines — many of them slated to carry the same Canadian tar sands crude as Keystone — have been proposed, permitted, and even seen construction begin in the U.S. and Canada. Some rival Keystone XL in size and capacity; others, when linked up with existing and planned pipelines, would carry more oil than the 1,179-mile pipeline.

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JOIN US in Washington D.C. April 22-27 as we Honor Mother Earth and look out for future generations.

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Pipeline protest comes to St. Paul

See the photos of the rally in the Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/business/253842871.html

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Join Honor the Earth in Making a Stand Against Pipelines, for a Better Future

Sometimes you have to just make a stand. 

This past six months at Honor the Earth have been breathtaking. Breathtaking, in that we’ve summoned up our courage, trained new young leaders, and joined with local lakeshore owners and farmers to challenge the biggest fracked oil pipelines and some huge tar sands pipelines that threaten our water, our sacred wild rice, our economy and our way of life. Minnesota is becoming the pipeline battle ground.

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Demonstrating Ojibwe Treaty Rights -- the 1855 Treaty Raises Big Questions for Pipeline Proposals of the North

Demonstrating Ojibwe Treaty Rights -- the 1855 Treaty Raises Big Questions for Pipeline Proposals of the North

 

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Opposition to Pipeline Heard at PUC Hearing

Here is a clip from the recent article in the Northwoods Press, which discussed a lot of the work Honor's been doing lately.

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The Missing Pipeline

A long time ago, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police called my house. That was up in a remote Cree community in northern Canada, where I lived with my husband and children. The RCMP inspector asked for me and said they would like to talk to me about a Missing Persons Case. I responded with “ Who’s missing?” They said they couldn’t divulge that, as that was part of the investigation. I said I probably couldn’t help them, then.

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A call for comments RE: Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline Route

From our Community Organizer Michael Dahl:

Watch the video here

"I am putting out a call to people EVERYWHERE to make your comments. You don't have to live in Minnesota or even be along the route of the pipeline to comment. 
We are currently in the comment period regarding the ROUTE of the Sandpiper Pipeline Project by Enbridge. This pipeline is planning to transport Hydraulically Fractured oil from the Bakken Oil Fields of North Dakota."

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Extend public comment period on Sandpiper pipeline

Friends of the Headwaters, a group of people from across Hubbard County, was organized out of concern about Enbridge, a Canadian corporation, and its plans to build a 30 inch pipeline through the Mississippi Headwaters and Hubbard County. Learn more at friendsoftheheadwaters.org and honorearth.org

SIGN TODAY: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/extend-public-comment-period-on-sandpiper-pipeline?referrer=friends-of-the-headwaters-4&source=direct_link

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Full Cost Accounting: The Cheyenne, Spirit Mountain, Minnesota Power and Glencore

There is a case for full cost accounting.  That is where you count pollution over the future, additional benefits and losses for a project, and this is figured into a project analysis.  Although trained as an economist, I am not sure how to do it. That is because I cannot account for the spiritual and cultural impacts of everything.  Some economists refer to this as unquantifiable.  What is known is this: the proposed Polymet mine is a big project. The EIS on the Polymet Mine is limited to local impacts just around the proposed Glencore Project.  The ripple of a mine of this size is larger—it is larger in a physical sense and it is larger in a spiritual sense.  I don’t know how to put a price tag on it. I only know that I can try to tell a story.  Here it is...

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