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A pipe driven through the heart of Minnesota

BY PAULA FISCHER

MN 350, the Sierra Club, Honor the Earth and others are fighting Enbridge Energy of Canada before the Public Utilities Commission on April 3. Enbridge seeks to increase its enormous oil transport system using its existing Alberta Clipper Pipeline through Minnesota, increasing the barrels per day of tar sands crude oil from 450,000 to 800,000 piped from Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wis. Many Minnesotans do not even know that this pipeline exists. There are many serious issues here. Many believe that this oil does not benefit the U.S. and is largely intended for export. Climate scientists warn that full development of tar sands oil will be “game over” for the climate. Enbridge is the company responsible for the 2010 spill in Michigan that poured over a million gallons into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. This type of oil sinks and has to dredged, further destroying the aquatic ecosystem. The spill is yet to be cleaned up.A spill near Cohasset, Minn., in July 2002 resulted in long-term injuries to wetland vegetation and wildlife habitat according to the Natural Resources Trustees, Department of the Interior. Airbourne vapors of benzene and other carcinogens are released during these spills. Enbridge has a history of 804 oil and gas leaks over the last 10 years throughout its entire system.

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Honor the Earth moves forward to stop Sandpiper pipeline project

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:45 am
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Last week, Honor the Earth filed its Memorandum of Law in Support of its motion to dismiss the application by Enbridge for the Sandpiper route permit. Honor the Earth is using Chippewa treaty-reserved jurisdiction over usufructuary property rights of the Chippewa, which includes a blanket, conservation right-of-way to protect to the same environment for maintaining a viable ecosystem in perpetuity.

Honor the Earth argued in its brief that because these usufructuary property rights are federal, along with the unique relationship between the Chippewa and the United States, that the state of Minnesota, by itself, lacks the complete right to unilaterally give full consent without the Chippewa through a process that respects federal rights. (MN PUC e-Docket 13-474) Enbridge and Minnesota agencies will have until April 22 to file their responsive briefs with regard to jurisdiction. Following that, Honor the Earth will have until April 29 to file a reply brief with oral arguments are presently scheduled for May 7 in St. Paul.

At this time the PUC has not made a ruling on Honor the Earth’s motions for extension of time to propose alternative routes and/or hold additional information meetings so that all the public of northern Minnesota may attend in new and more convenient locations.

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BREAKING NEWS: ENBRIDGE LOSES THE KITIMAT PLEBISCITE ON NORTHERN GATEWAY

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Motion Filed by Honor the Earth to Extend Deadlines, Set Additional Public Hearings on Sandpiper Pipeline

Honor the Earth filed a motion April 3 with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for extensions of deadlines and for additional public hearings about the preferred Sandpiper route for another Enbridge Pipeline.

The motion (See PUC eDocket 13-474). requested an extension of all deadlines until after Labor Day 2014.

In a March 31 letter to Gov. Mark Dayton, Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth, said, “Northern Minnesotans are very concerned about the lack of involvement by various state agencies to ensure there is a complete public due process, with all stakeholders notified in advance and involved in the consideration. Right now the process appears to be an Enbridge sham.”

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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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