Block (Line 3) Party at the PUC May 18-19 — Spread the Word!

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Come join pipeline resisters and water protectors at the Block (Line 3) Party in St. Paul, Friday May 18 to Saturday May 19.  We must come together to show the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) how important the denial of Line 3 is to all of us.

In June, the PUC will make its final vote on whether or not to approve Enbridge Line 3’s Certificate of Need and Route Permit. This Block Party is one of our last opportunities before that vote to educate one another about Line 3’s very real harms and show the PUC Commissioners that many, many Minnesotans oppose this potentially devastating project.

  • Here is a link for the Facebook Event where you can sign up to attend and share.
  • Here is a link to sign up to volunteer at the event.

Invite your friends and family to a weekend filled with lots of opportunities for connecting, sharing, and creating.  Music, food and art are just a few of the highlights you’ll experience during our time together.

The Block Party will run from 2 p.m. on Friday May 18 to 2 p.m. on Saturday May 19. It will be held in front of Metro Square, 121 7th Place East, where the PUC has its offices.

Here is the planned schedule of events:

Friday, May 18:

2:30 PM – Capitol Visit:  Meet in rotunda at Capitol to visit our elected leadership and ask them to stop Line 3! We’ll walk to the PUC for Block (Line 3) Party, arriving by 4 p.m. or earlier.  (Alternative to PUC walk will be offered for people with disabilities)

3:00-6:00 PM – Solutions Fair, Art, & More!  The heart of the action! Bring a t-shirt and get it screenprinted for free with pipeline resistance art (donations accepted to help build an action camp art tent), check out a multitude of community organizations and clean energy groups, and learn about statewide action to stop Line 3.

4:00-6:00 PM – Community Meal:  Enjoy dinner with the community, contributed by volunteers (food quantities limited), concurrent with the Solutions Fair & Art Tent.

6:00-8:30 PM – Concert to Stop Line 3!  A fabulous lineup of musicians from the movement. Bring camp chairs or blankets!

Saturday, May 19:

8:30 AM – Water Ceremony at Mississippi River: Water walker Sharon Day will lead a ceremony starting at the Mississippi River (near Sibley St) and progressing to the PUC. Bring a small container of water from where you live to contribute to the ceremony.

10:00 AM – Line 3 Pledge of Resistance: Let’s show the PUC we’re committed: come sign the Line 3 Pledge of Resistance to commit to take nonviolent action to resist this project or support others who may choose to do so.

12:00-4:00 PM – Direct Action Training or March, Your Choice: Participate in a Direct Action Training at the PUC site hosted by the Line 3 Resistance Training Program OR join the March for Science at nearby Mears Park.

Why This Matters

The proposed new Line 3 route will cross 337 miles of northern Minnesota, crossing the Mississippi River twice including the headwaters. It will also pass near many of our cleanest lakes and rivers, including wild rice waters. Here are four key things to know about Line 3.

  1. Line 3 Would Violate Treaty Rights: The pipeline would violate the U.S. government’s 1855 treaty with the Ojibwe nation that gives them the right to hunt, fish and gather in lands the pipeline would cross. This pipeline threatens their sacred wild rice areas.
  2. Line 3 Would Add to Climate Change: The 30-year estimates of the climate change cost of the project top $287 billion, and full lifecycle estimates are potentially over $1 trillion, costs Enbridge is shifting to society, both individuals and governments.
  3. Line 3 Threatens Minnesota’s Clean Waters and Wild Rice: Line 3 would cross the Mississippi River twice, including the headwaters. The 337 mile pipeline would run near our state’s cleanest lakes and rivers. A tar sands crude oil spill would be devastating.
  4. Line 3 Would Set a Bad Precedent in Pipeline Abandonment: Enbridge plans to abandon its old and failing Line 3 in the ground and build a new and larger pipeline along a new route. This is the first time a company has proposed abandoning a crude oil pipeline in Minnesota. The state does not have good regulations in place. The decision made on abandoning the old Line 3 will set a major precedent for future crude pipeline abandonment.
  5. Minnesota Does Not Need Line 3: In testimony before the PUC, the Minnesota Department of Commerce said the state does not need this pipeline, so we are taking on major environmental risks for little to no benefit.

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