Ways You Can Support Minnesota Water Protector Camps; Enbridge’s Latest Safety Problem; Island Returned to Grand Portage Anishinaabe

A group called Camps A Rising has created a website to facilitate support for water protector camps in northern Minnesota working to stop the Enbridge Line 3 — a tar sands crude oil pipeline that would threaten our state’s clean rivers and lakes as well as Anishinaabe treaty rights. According to the website, its mission is:

To support peaceful actions that will direct the fossil fuel industry toward proven renewable energy sources. We do this by distributing necessary gear and supplies to established camps of water witnesses and protectors. …

Camps A Rising comes out of the experience of the Standing Rock Water Protectors Camp. We learned that great numbers of people care about the health of our water. The success of that camp is spreading all over the country with new camps establishing coast to coast. As the movement grows, so must the logistics and funding of gear and supplies. With so many additional camps it’s essential resources are managed well.

Camps A Rising is volunteer run, and exists to aid regional Water Protector Camps by collecting and distributing supplies where needed…

The site supports camps in Minnesota and Michigan, including:

Winter is just around the corner and camps will need the cold weather supplies.

Click on the links above for more information and to donate. Remember, there is a rally and march against Line 3 set for Thursday, Sept. 28. The rally starts at the Minnesota Capitol at 4 p.m. The group will march through downtown St. Paul to the Intercontinental Hotel, 11 E. Kellogg, where the Public Utilities Commission will be taking testimony from 6-9 p.m. on Line 3’s Certificate of Need. See you there.

Enbridge Faces More Violations

Speaking of Enbridge, the company suspended work on a Canadian natural gas pipeline expansion after inspections identified problems, according to a story in the National Observer.

Canada’s largest pipeline company, Enbridge, says it suspended work on an expansion project in the Rocky Mountain foothills of northeastern British Columbia to address safety and environmental issues identified during an inspection. …

An NEB [National Energy Board] inspection of the High Pine expansion found a series of alleged violations, including the failure to follow rules in place for the construction of bridges over water courses, or the channel that a body of water flows down.

“The Inspection Officer has reasonable grounds to believe there exists a serious hazard and threat to the safety of project personnel as (the company) and contractor(s) have not demonstrated safe pipe-handling and hauling procedures,” said an order signed by an NEB inspection officer.

This is the same Enbridge that had the largest inland crude oil spill in U.S. history (1991, near Grand Rapids, Minn.). It had another large spill in the Kalamazoo River (2010), which cost more the $1 billion to clean up. This is the same Enbridge that wants to expand Line 3 through Minnesota.

Click on the link above for the full story.

Island Returned to Grand Portage Band

On a more upbeat note, MPR reports today that: “An island at the tip of northeastern Minnesota has been returned to the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The 142-acre Susie Island is the largest of 13 small and rocky islands in Lake Superior, just before the Canadian border. The islands are home to some of Minnesota’s rarest plant life.”

Click on the link above for the full story.

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