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.
In this moment we are the people who stand together. This means we have an opportunity and an obligation to the generations who have come before us and to those who are yet to come. In this time, we can sit by and watch history being made by others, or we can stand up and put our prayers, our hearts, and our hard work into creating the future we wish to see.
That is the driving force of this organization.Read more
HONOR THE EARTH For Immediate Release
May 28, 2016
EPA Sends Strong Message to Minnesota Regarding Sandpiper/Line 3
This past Friday, the US Environmental Protection Agency Region V sent strong recommendations to Minnesota on the scoping for the state environmental impact statement on the Sandpiper and Line Three. The EPA called for much more stringent and exhaustive reviews that the state is anticipated to undertake. The Agency’s comments were in addition to hundreds of comments submitted by Minnesotans and Anishinaabeg regarding the process.Read more
Despite billions of dollars of investment in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to carry out environmental stewardship duties, the State of Minnesota insists on having the Department of Commerce do the environmental review for the largest fossil fuel infrastructure mega-project in state history. On May 18 meeting, the Environmental Quality Board voted to deny the people's request to transfer control of the Sandpiper/Line 3 EIS to the environmental agencies. Read on for more details and to watch the video of the Honor the Earth team (Winona LaDuke, Korey Northrup, Don Wedll, and Thane Maxwell) testifying at that meeting....Read more
Immediate Release: 1855 Treaty Authority, CHIPPEWA EXTEND ONE-DAY FISHING PERMIT TO GOVERNOR DAYTON’S SANDY LAKE OPENER
Immediate Release May 11, 2016
Sandy Lake, MN – The 1855 Treaty Authority issued a one-day fishing permit and pass for Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and his members while they spend the 2016 Governor's Fishing Opener on one of the most important, original 1855 Chippewa reservations, Sandy Lake.Read more