"Trying to shove it through during a pandemic? That would be a shameful thing"

Apr 6, 2020

From last fall's Gichi-gami Gathering to Stop Line 3
Credit Fibonacci Blue/Flickr

Despite the pandemic, despite the stay-at-home orders, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency wants to go ahead with a series of  "telephone town hall meetings" about the approval/disapproval of some permits for the Line 3 tar sands pipeline.

The MPCA says the public can call into the tmeetings, chare a two-minute comment and/or listen to other public comments, and the comments will be included in the public record.

March 26, White Earth Reservation Chairman Mike Fairbanks asked Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to "do the right thing" and deny the application without prejudice, so it could be re-filed after the COVID-19 pandemic is resolved.

Winona LaDuke, environmentalist, activist and founder of Honor the Earth, says the tar sands oil market is crashing, and she doesn't want to see northern Minnesota left with "all of this old pipe and all of this hatred that Enbridge has encouraged in the north country."