Yesterday, April 6, 2017, hundreds of Water Protectors gathered at the State Capitol building in Saint Paul to protest the MN House Jobs and Energy Omnibus bill, including a last-minute amendment that would fast-track the Line 3 pipeline and allow Enbridge to bypass all regulation and start construction this July. The bill also includes 2 other outrageous pipeline clauses: one that would exempt all future gas and oil pipelines from the Certificate of Need permit (the only part of the State’s process which can actually stop a project), and one that would prohibit the regulatory agencies from considering alternative routes that don’t stop and start where the pipeline company wants.
All 3 of these pieces of legislation were included in the bill approved by the MN House yesterday. The Senate's version of the bill has already passed, but without any pipeline language included in it, so now the 2 different bills must be reconciled. This will most likely happen in a conference committee, and the final version will be passed to Governor Dayton for approval.
It is our responsibility as water protectors to stop this legislation.
How can you help? Write to Governor Dayton and urge him to veto this bill and all of its attempts to bypass due process and let Enbridge run the show. Read more for details....Read more
The Honor the Earth family is very sad at this time. This weekend, Daryl Frazier, our Chief Financial Officer, passed away unexpectedly. We have all suffered a loss of a very good man, and we extend our condolences to his loved ones.
For us, Daryl Frazier was not only our zhooniyaa inini (our money man) but a member of our family.
Rest in Power, Daryl. We are very grateful for your years of hard work and dedication, and we miss you already.Read more
ATTENTION, CALLING ALL WATER PROTECTORS
Please join us tomorrow, April 6th, at 11am, at the MN State Capitol in St. Paul, for an emergency rally. Enbridge and the MN Legislature are trying to push through a bill that would bypass the entire regulatory process for Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, and shove another black snake down our throat.
We have been fighting Line 3 for over 3 years now. The State of Minnesota is currently writing an Environmental Impact Statement, and a permit decision is not expected until next spring, 2018.
But now the Minnesota legislature is trying to pass a law that would skip the EIS, skip the permit process, and let Enbridge start construction this July. It would also exempt all future oil and gas pipelines from the Certificate of Need, the only part of the state’s permit process that is able to stop the project, and prohibit the regulatory agencies from considering alternative routes that don’t stop and start where Enbridge wants.
This is a clear attempt to bypass due process and avoid the truth about Line 3 and all pipelines – that there is no need for them, and that they threaten to destroy us. It is our responsibility as water protectors to prevent this.
Read more for details and a fully documented briefing paper explaining our opposition.Read more
Honor the Earth is in a period of rapid growth and momentum, and we need your help.
Read more for an update on all the things we're working on right now, and a list of Volunteer and Research tasks that we need people to take on.
We are looking for people able to commit to a consistent, sustained contribution of time - at least a few hours each week, for at least 2-3 months and preferably longer.
We're a fun team to work with and there are infinite possibilities for ways to join us in our fight to #StopLine3 and lead a graceful transition to a livable future.Read more
Gov. Doug Burgum and authorities recently peddled a story to the media about the feces and garbage runoff into the river from the Oceti Sakowin Camp requiring immediate attention as a public health risk. That's rather ironic considering the state long ago removed all sanitation support to the thousands of people who had come to live in the state's 14th largest city. The spin continues in North Dakota's corporate-fed media.Read more
On Tuesday, March 7, hundreds braved blizzard conditions to attend a US State Department meeting in Bemidji, MN, about the Alberta Clipper pipeline. Honor the Earth was part of a coalition that organized a “Solutions Summit” event beforehand, and a march to the meeting, where despite the State’s efforts to criminalize us and neutralize our power with an “open house” format, we celebrated our resistance with traditional drum, song, jingle dress dancing, and ceremonial foods. Here’s why the meeting was important....Read more
On Tuesday, March 7, hundreds of concerned community members will attend the US State Department’s only public meeting on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the expansion of the Alberta Clipper crude oil pipeline, which transports tar sands across the lake country of Northern Minnesota, including the Leech Lake and Fond du Lac Reservations. A rally outside the event will include traditional Ojibwe drumming and jingle-dress dance, and local leaders will hold a press conference.
Read on for event details, links, the full text of the SEIS, and instructions on how to submit written or verbal public comments to the US State Department, including suggested talking points from Honor the Earth....Read more
Honor the Earth seeks a summer intern to assist with Pine Point Mino-bimaatisiiwin (the good life) project
We are seeking a summer intern to assist with our Pine Point Mino-bimaatisiiwin (the good life) project.
Application Deadline: February 28, 2017. Read more for details and instructions on how to apply...
This is an update on the fight at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access pipeline, and a call to action.
On January 31st, President Trump issued a presidential memorandum directing the Army Corps to expedite approval of the Dakota Access pipeline. On February 8, the Army Corps issued the final easement for the crossing of the Mni Sose (Missouri River). Without a single word of explanation, this reversed the December 4th Army Corps decision to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement on the river crossing. Now DAPL is drilling under the river, around the clock.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe both filed lawsuits today, and water protectors continue to fight back, not only at Standing Rock, but across Turtle Island. Meanwhile, the State's tactics of repression are escalating rapidly. At least one grand jury is active and cranking out federal indictments, and federal agencies are interrogating people's families at home.
So for this particular fight, the frontlines are moving to the courtroom. And frankly we are unprepared. Over 700 water protectors face charges. The Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund has raised about $3m so far and basically, that needs to double. Read more for details and action steps......Read more