Line 3

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Earlier this month, twelve of the 17-members of the  MPCA's Environmental Justice Advisory Group resigned after the agency approved a key water quality permit for the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project.

Honor the Earth

Winona LaDuke is angry, and she's not pulling any punches.

Enbridge is prepared to begin construction on the controversial Line 3 project next Tuesday, and LaDuke, a longtime environmental activist and the executive director of Honor the Earth, is fed up.

"This is a disaster for the environment, civil rights and the government," she says.  "The least the governor could do is issue a stay.

"We would like the dogs called off. Enbridge wants to push this through before the pandemic is over and in the middle of winter. And that's wrong."

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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.

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Last June, the Minnesota Court of Appeals found that the "final" Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Line 3 project was inadequate because it did not address the potential impacts of an oil spill on Lake Superior. The "revised final" EIS was released last week, and it's not good news for the St. Louis River Estuary: the same estuary that's seen the investment of millions of dollars and thousands of hours to repair habitats there.

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There have been plenty of protests and public feedback, and even Minnesota's Department of Commerce has weighed in on Enbridge's Line 3 tar sands pipeline (they said a new one isn't needed and the old one should be decommissioned).

But the Commerce department doesn't have the final say: the Public Utilities Commission does.

So a group will gather Saturday on the shores of Gitchi Gammi (Lake Superior) for a rally and march to leave no question in the minds of the PUC where they stand on the issue.

Ivy Vainio. Used with permission.

Honor The Earth’s Winona LaDuke in a wide-ranging conversation about the Green New Deal, the Husky Energy refinery explosion a year later, Line 3 and the work Native communities are doing to move toward clean, sustainable energy.