Dayton Remains Noncommital on Tar Sands Pipeline — Keep the Pressure On!

Governor Dayton remains publicly noncommittal about a proposed expansion of a tar sands crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota, in spite of news that broke yesterday that global energy consultants say the project is not needed. MPR ran a story today headlined: State better off without Enbridge oil pipeline, Dayton agency says, which quotes Gov. Dayton’s official response:

“This document will arouse considerable controversy. That discord should be recognized as part of the wisdom of the process,” Dayton said in a statement, adding that he would wait for the “complete record” before offering his personal views.

So, yes, we still have work to do to stop Enbridgeg Line 3 and protect Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, wild rice beds and Anishinaabe treaty rights. Here are two upcoming events, Sept. 27 and 28, where you can be heard.

Thursday, Sept. 28, March, Rally, and Public Hearing on Enbridge Line 3

Join many indigenous, environmental, and youth organizations to send a clear message to the Governor, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), and our elected representatives: Minnesotans stand together to HOLD THE LINE to protect what we love and say NO to Line 3 and other pipelines that threaten our water, climate, and communities.

  • 4 p.m. Capitol Rally: Jingle Dress Dancers and Speakers
  • 5 p.m. March to the PUC Public Hearing, Intercontinental Hotel, 11 East Kellogg, St. Paul
  • 6 p.m. Voice your opposition at the hearing!

Here is a Facebook event page.

Wednesday, Sept. 27, Governor’s Water Summit Town Hall Meeting

Governor Dayton has declared 2017 the “Year of Water Action in Minnesota” and has been holding a series of town hall meetings around the state to get citizen ideas on how to improve the state’s water quality by 25 percent by 2025. The Minneapolis Town Hall meeting will be:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N.

According to the Governor: “We have a shared responsibility to protect Minnesota’s precious lakes, rivers, and streams for future generations. That starts with fostering an ethic of water conservation in our communities. Throughout the next year, we must raise awareness of the challenges facing Minnesota’s waters and highlight ways that Minnesotans can take action.”

Attend the Town Hall meeting and let Governor Dayton know that denying permits for Line 3 is critical to protecting our “precious lakes, rivers and streams for future generations.”

The PUC, not Dayton, will make the final vote on the project this spring. But the Governor’s opinion, and bully pulpit, matters

The proposed 1,000-mile pipeline would run from northern Alberta to Superior, Wisc., including a 337-mile segment through northern Minnesota. It will cost billions of dollars and Enbridge has already made significant investments; it has started building the pipeline in Canada and Wisconsin, and is already staging pipeline in Minnesota. Expect strong pushback.

Today’s Star Tribune front page story: “Kill new pipeline, close old, firm told,” said the Department of Commerce  criticized Enbridge’s forecast for the need for the Line 3 project, “saying it didn’t provide a sufficient analysis of future demand for gasoline.” International energy consultants hired by Commerce explained:

Enbridge’s forecasts used “simplifying assumptions, some of which were unrealistic,” concluded Marie Fagan of Boston-based London Economics International.

One forecast implicitly assumed that consumer demand for refined petroleum products would be unchanged from 2019 — when the new Line 3 would go into service — until 2035. Yet the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s long-term forecast calls for falling gasoline demand…

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