On Monday, August 1, we finished the spiritual ride of our 4th annual Love Water Not Oil tour, with a celebration feast in our community, Rice Lake, on the White Earth Reservation. We rode and prayed for 2 weeks, along the route of the proposed Sandpiper and Line 3 pipelines. It is a beautiful year in our territories, and we were honored to ride with our Dakota relatives to protect our lands. On Tuesday, we held a final party to conclude the tour in Bemidji with fabulous music, food, and friends. As we drove away from the venue and watched the northern lights dance on the horizon, we got the call that the Sandpiper project was likely dead.Read more
Marathon Oil pulls its support from the Sandpiper Pipeline, a project which would've sent fracked oil through Anishinaabe wild rice beds and Minnesota's watersheds. The Certificate of Need was granted based on Marathon's "need" for this oil, so what now, big oil?
“After four years of hard work on the Sandpiper – and as the people who would be most impacted by the proposed pipeline – we are extremely happy with this announcement. Our tribes have opposed this from the start,” said Winona LaDuke, Executive Director, Honor the Earth. “The battle against the nefarious Line 3 – with 760,000 barrels per day of oil – and the Alberta Clipper expansion – of 400,000 barrels – continues to impact our sacred wild rice watershed. The entire set of projects in light of a massive drop in Bakken production and decline in oil prices remains a financial problem for Enbridge. Our tribes stand opposed to any new lines.”
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Today, a broad coalition of tribal members, landowner rights groups, and environmental organizations issued a joint statement in support of four tribal lawsuits contesting the permits recently issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers for the Dakota Access pipeline.
On Tuesday, July 26, the US Army Corps of Engineers approved the water crossing permits for the pipeline, proposed to carry fracked oil from the Bakken fields in North Dakota 1,172 miles to Patoka, Illinois. The coalition stands united in opposition to these permits and the process by which the USACE granted them.
The statement explains that, “This rubber stamp approval undermines the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, as well as federal trust responsibilities guaranteed in the 1851 and 1868 United States treaties with the L/D/Nakota tribes, which remain the supreme law of the land. We support the subsequent legal filings by the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Rosebud Sioux, and Yankton Sioux Tribes, whose human rights, treaty rights, and sovereignty are violated by these permits. We join them in calling for a full halt to all construction activities and repeal of all USACE permits until formal tribal consultation and environmental review are properly and adequately conducted.”
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So, you know how the US Army Corps just approved the water crossing permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline? That was illegal. The way they do it (for this and many other pipelines) is by using this thing called "Nationwide Permit 12". They chop up a huge project into thousands of individual pieces (water crossings) and then rubber stamp each one saying its no big deal. It's totally absurd! Today is the deadline for public comment on their proposal to renew Nationwide Permit 12. Please send them an email before midnight tonight, August 1, telling them how you feel. Send to: NWP2107@usace.army.mil with subject:"comment on docket COE–2015– 0017". Read more for details and a sample comment to get some ideas on what to say...
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) are trying to give Enbridge a handout to support their proposal to build a new Line 3 pipeline through our territories, but we have time to submit public comments and block them. On July 20, 2016, a federal court in Michigan issued a proposed settlement in the lawsuit, United States v. Enbridge Energy. The settlement requires Enbridge to pay $62 million in civil penalties for 2 oil spills, including the catatstrophic spill on the Kalamazoo River in 2010. This settlement is long overdue, but shockingly, part of the settlement (called a "Consent Decree") requires Enbridge to replace its existing Line 3 pipeline, the old and extremely dangerous line in Minnesota that Enbridge has already applied to rebuild.
The consent decree language itself is vague and broad, and it is unclear how the order affects the rights of Minnesotans and tribes. It is bizarre for this provision to even be in the settlement in the first place, since it is an entirely different line with its own complex regulatory process underway. But Enbridge is already trying to use this as political cover for their whimsical desires to build a new Line 3 through Minnesota's best lakes and wild rice beds, and through the heart of Chippewa treaty territory....with total disregard for the ongoing state, federal, and tribal process for reviewing that proposal. We will not stand for this. Please join us in speaking out. Read more for details on how to submit your own comments....Read more
Winona LaDuke leads environmental horse ride against Enbridge’s new pipeline route and pipeline abandonment threats in Minnesota
For Immediate Release: Winona LaDuke leads environmental horse ride against Enbridge’s new pipeline route and pipeline abandonment threats in Minnesota. Rice Lake, MN – Winona LaDuke, executive director of Honor the Earth lead another horse ride along Enbridge’s proposed route for Sandpiper and Line 3 in Minnesota, which includes crossing irreplaceable wild rice lakes and rivers and freshwater aquifers at the very source headwaters for 3 of the 4 North American continental watersheds; north by Red River to Hudson Bay, east to Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean and south by the Mississippi river to the Gulf of Mexico.Read more
The seeds passed through a couple of pairs of hands before they got to the farm. But they started with Paul DeMain, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin (board member of Honor the Earth) and the editor of News from Indian Country. DeMain says his seeds originally came from the Miami tribe in Indiana and are thought to be from a line that's somewhere between 1,000 to 2,000 years old.Read more
A recent investigation documents how Enbridge lobbied Canada's pipeline regulators (National Energy Board) to remove the most damning conclusions from its 2015 pipeline safety audit. The National Observer, a Canadian investigative journal, published an article titled Pipeline watchdog hid evidence of secret Enbridge reports, focusing on a 2015 National Energy Board (NEB) audit of Enbridge Energy (a Canadian company). The audit states Enbridge violated a number of pipeline safety rules, and inadequately addressed public safety concerns. The NEB changed their final report in response to Enbridge demands for the removal of the most critical assessments. Of the changes cited by the National Observer, is the removal of 4 paragraphs describing Enbridge’s failure to adequately address pipeline corrosion fatigue.Read more
Honor the Earth Breaks Free from Fossil Fuels - BP Refinery in Whiting IN: We marched to BP Refinery strongly for Nayaano-nibiimaang Gichigamiin: The Great Lakes (The Five Freshwater Seas)Read more
FRONT LINES UPDATE: The permits for Dakota Access were revoked in just one wildlife management area of Iowa. Here’s the truth: machines are on the ground in North Dakota. Honor the Earth team and others are heading out this weekend (June 3rd 2016) to continue assisting with the blockade and camp needs with a boat for easy access for travel back and forth to the camp area.