Please add your voice to the hundreds of others asking the State of MN to put the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) for the Sandpiper/Line 3 corridor in the correct hands.
A coalition of citizens, tribes, and environmental groups has asked the MN Environmental Quality Board (EQB) to intervene in the Sandpiper/Line 3 case and change the state agency in charge of preparing the EIS. The Public Utilities Commission and Department of Commerce are currently the lead agencies, but the Department of Natural Resources and the Pollution Control Agency have far greater expertise and are the only agencies capable of working with the federal government, tribal governments, and the Chippewa treaty commissions that co-manage resources in ceded territory. We are asking the EQB to reassign the RGU (Responsible Government Unit) to DNR and PCA.
On Wed, April 20th, from 1pm-4pm, the EQB held a public hearing at their offices in St. Paul, to give the public a chance to comment on the requested change in RGU. The meeting was webcast here and will remain available to the public for 6 months. About 20 people testified in favor of the request to change the RFU, including lots of powerful testimony about first-hand experience dealing with DOC and PUC negligence and corruption. Please, add your voice!
HOW TO TAKE ACTION:
Here is the EQB notice about this public process with all the details and supporting documents.
The public is invited to submit written comments up until 4:30pm on May 2, by email: [email protected]
You can also click a button to add your signature to the letter that MN350 is hosting on their website for individuals to sign.
Honor the Earth testified in person at the April 20th meeting and also submitted extensive written comments.
There is also a new round of PUC/DOC regulatory hearings - yes, they are moving forward despite our efforts to change the RGU. Please submit written comments on the scoping of the EIS and come testify at one of the 13 public hearings, April 25-May 11, 2016. Click HERE for details.