Honor the Earth's Motion to Extend Comment Period has been granted. PUC comment period been extended to May 30! Please submit your own specific comment, as individual comments are given weight over petition signatures.
We ask that you voice your concerns about the Enbridge preferred Sandpiper pipeline route during the comment period, open now until May 30th. You can submit your own written testimony about the negative impacts of this proposal by mailing a letter or making a phone call (address at bottom), or sign this petition today. A PERSONAL COMMENT IS ESSENTIAL, as this petition will only count at one comment.
Enbridge is currently trying to block the extension of the comment period that has been granted. You can watch a news segment on this here:
*Note: signing the petition below will help us, but the PUC will only acknowledge individual comments. It is also essential that you send your own comment -- either by phone or mail -- to the address listed at the bottom of this petition. Help us in establishing a fair and just comment period, and in stopping the destruction of the land and lifeways of the North.
"Minnesota Department of Commerce and Larry Hartman of the Public Utilities Commission,
As a constituent, I also request that your governmental entity should take action to deny the permit of Enbridge’s proposed Sandpiper Pipeline in Northern Minnesota. This proposed line needs to be challenged as it threatens the people, lifeways, watersheds, and wildlife of greater Minnesota. One-fifth of the world's fresh surface water supply lies here, and it is worth protecting. Our wild rice beds, lakes, and rivers are precious and our regional fisheries generate $7.2 billion annually, and support 49,000 jobs. The wild rice, or manoomin, which grows wild on the lakes and rivers of the north -- as it has, sustaining the lifeway of traditional harvesters, for thousands of years -- would be threatened. This is the lifeblood of the Anishinaabeg people (whose treaty area this pipeline crosses) and the lifeblood of the region. These pipelines threaten all Minnesotans.
The Sandpiper line of fracked oil will facilitate the creation of a national sacrifice area in western North Dakota. This land and this water are precious and they are endangered. The Sandpiper, hopes to bring up to 375,000 barrels of fracked Bakken oil through a separate route in northern Minnesota. Fracked oil from the Bakken poses a serious risk to the North Country – particularly in light of the recent 800,000 gallon oil spill in a remote area of North Dakota.
I the silencing of the communities that would be most impacted, and I oppose this pipeline. I request my leadership to support the call to deny Enbridge the permit for pipelines across the north. Without your approval, the pipeline expansion will not be allowed. I encourage you to deny the request, support a just and fair commenting process, and protect my family, community, and environment from the harm these pipelines would cause."