August 9th Tribal Members to Canoe-kayak-float the Nemidji River to Gichigami to celebrate, protect and heal Lake Superior waters from past and future Enbridge pipeline problems.
MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN CITIZENS AND TRIBAL MEMBERS TO RALLY AUGUST 9 TO CELEBRATE, PROTECT AND HEAL THE RIVER; 10 EXISTING AND 2 PROPOSED ENBRIDGE FACILITIES COULD TURN RIVER AND GICHI GAMI INTO “A FOSSIL FUEL SACRIFICE ZONE”
GICHI GAMI (LAKE SUPERIOR) – August 7, 2019 -- On Friday, August 9, 2019, Honor the Earth will sponsor a Love Water rally at the Nemadji River to celebrate, protect and heal Gichi Gami waters from past and future harm caused by current and proposed fossil fuel facilities along its banks. The public is invited to rally for both the Nemadji River and Gichi Gami waters, and share a canoe, kayak and shore lunch, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Nemadji Public Access off 31st Street 2 blocks south of U.S. Highway 2 in Superior, Wisconsin.
- A Noon Press Conference is scheduled at the same
For thousands of years indigenous peoples lived in harmony with the Nemadji River, which means “left hand river.” But now it is threatened by 10 existing and two-proposed Enbridge oil pipelines, Enbridge’s massive Superior crude oil terminal, the Husky Oil Refinery that uses highly toxic hydrogen fluoride, and Minnesota Power’s proposed NTEC natural gas power plant.
“The oil and gas industry want to make the Nemadji River a fossil fuel sacrifice zone, rather than recognize that we need to transition toward clean renewable energy,” said Winona LaDuke, Executive Director and co-founder of Honor the Earth. She added,
“We will gather to celebrate all water protectors and to remind our governments of their responsibility to preserve the Nemadji River, Lake Superior, and our planet for future generations.”
“We know that some state legislators are trying to criminalize the peoples’ rights to exercise rights to gather, seek redress of grievances, and exercise free speech,” said Frank Bibeau, Chippewa (Ojibwe) tribal attorney adding, “but we Ojibwe also have historic and federally protected rights to hunt, fish and gather as part of earning a modest living – and the right to protect our homelands.”
Tribes Recently Field a Joint Petition for Review to Minnesota Supreme Court on Impacts to Tribal Cultural Properties; A Second Federal Lawsuit Asks for Removal of Enbridge Pipelines that Add Risk to Reservation Lands
- On July 3, 2019, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, White Earth Band of Ojibwe and the Red Lake Nation filed a joint Tribal petition for review to the Minnesota Supreme Court, arguing that the PUC failed to adequately assess potential impacts to Ojibwe cultural properties through an on-the-ground survey before it approved construction of the proposed Line 3
- On July 23, 2019, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa filed a federal lawsuit against Enbridge to remove the old pipelines that are an ever-increasing risk to on reservation tribal
- On May 7, 2019, Honor the Earth appealed the PUC’s decision approving the proposed NTEC natural gas- fired power plant to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, because it failed to analyze the negative impacts of this plant on the environment. The proposed location of this plant is immediately adjacent to known Ojibwe burial sites and non-Indian cemeteries on the banks of the Nemadji River. Given the long use of the Nemadji River by indigenous peoples, Honor the Earth is concerned that construction of the plant would destroy Ojibwe cultural properties and burial
“The proposed pipelines and power plant are all interrelated and based on a long-term vision of continuous expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure – what the Ojibwe call the scorched path,” LaDuke explained. “We hope that others will walk with us on a better path, one that leads to health, safety, and peace.”
For more information – or to interview Winona LaDuke, or Frank Bibeau about the event and the ongoing efforts around Line 3 and other issues – please contact martin Keller, Media Savant Communications, 612-729-8585, [email protected]
Today, the Minnesota Department of Commerce appealed the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s granted certificate of need and pipeline routing permit for the Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project. The following is a statement from Governor Mark Dayton.Read more
Minnesota PUC Refuses to Adequately Consider Cultural Impacts of Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline
St. Paul, MN -- Today, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced that they have rejected a motion that would have allowed them to ensure that Tribal concerns were being adequately considered in their review of the controversial proposed Line 3 tar sands pipeline.
Honor the Earth Hosts First Daughter and the Black Snake Film Screening at Historic Holmes Theatre located in Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Honor the Earth Hosts First Daughter and the Black Snake Film Screening
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On October 11, BNP Paribas, the 2nd largest bank in France and 4th largest corporate lender to Enbridge LLC, announced it will cease all funding of companies whose primary business is tar sands, fracking, or Arctic drilling. The news comes on the tail of several other banks divesting from the project level financing of Energy Transfer Partnership, the company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.
Marathon Oil pulls its support from the Sandpiper Pipeline, a project which would've sent fracked oil through Anishinaabe wild rice beds and Minnesota's watersheds. The Certificate of Need was granted based on Marathon's "need" for this oil, so what now, big oil?
“After four years of hard work on the Sandpiper – and as the people who would be most impacted by the proposed pipeline – we are extremely happy with this announcement. Our tribes have opposed this from the start,” said Winona LaDuke, Executive Director, Honor the Earth. “The battle against the nefarious Line 3 – with 760,000 barrels per day of oil – and the Alberta Clipper expansion – of 400,000 barrels – continues to impact our sacred wild rice watershed. The entire set of projects in light of a massive drop in Bakken production and decline in oil prices remains a financial problem for Enbridge. Our tribes stand opposed to any new lines.”
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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 Honor the Earth: Pipeline Free Breast Campaign Introduced for Breast Cancer Awareness
Honor the Earth is introducing the Pipeline-free Breast Campaign as a part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Noting, “Fossil Fuels are bad for your boobs. Chemicals created and used during petroleum extraction, refining, and use; benzene, toluene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and a few other bad guys are known carcinogens.” The organization points to last year’s controversy over a corporate “ pink-washing” of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as one reason it was important to inform the public of health risks. “Baker Hughes, who makes drill bits for the fracking industry introduced some pink drill bits for breast cancer awareness month, and donated some $l00,000 for the second year in a row to Susan G. Komen, the best-funded breast cancer organization in the U.S. In return, apparently Baker Hughes got to use the specific shade of pink Susan G. Komen has trademarked.” Read moreRead more
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This Thursday, September l0 at 9:00 am, Federal Judge Michael Davis will hear White Earth Nation v. Kerry. Plaintiffs, including the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Honor the Earth and the Sierra Club, charge that the US State Department secretly approved Alberta Clipper aka the “switcheroo project,” skirting the environmental review required under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) and the National Historic Preservation Act (“NHPA”). The State Department’s action has allowed Enbridge to switch lines at the border from the Alberta Clipper Line to an expanded and improved, (but aging) Line 3. The l6 mile border segment moves oil between the Clipper line and the Line 3 segment to, ostensibly, according to plaintiffs, avoid federal law. Read moreRead more