News and Events: Prairie Island’s Net-Zero Carbon Plan, Good Friday Justice Walk, Pine Ridge Needs Flood Aid, and More

Current news and events coming into our Inbox:

  • Prairie Island Makes Strong Case for State Aid to Get to Net Zero Carbon Emissions
  • Good Friday: Justice Walk of the Stations of the Cross, April 19 — From the Site of the Dakota Concentration Camp of 1862-63 to Immigration Court
  • Water Music Concert, April 23, at Augsburg University, connecting water and spirituality across religious traditions
  • Pine Ridge Needs Flood Relief Help
  • Flooding Threatens Pipelines

Prairie Island Seeks to Zero Out its Carbon Emissions

Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant, Units 1 and 2. (Photo Courtesy of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

MinnPost wrote a great piece on how the Prairie Island Indian Community is seeking a small measure of justice for living next door to a nuclear power plant and a radioactive nuclear waste storage facility.

According to the story:

Xcel Energy operates the nuclear plant. As part of the waste storage agreement, Minnesota requires Xcel to pay into a renewable energy fund to reduce the future need for nuclear energy. In 2017, the annual payment exceeded $25 million.

Prairie Island has never asked for support. It’s now asking $46 million over three years for solar panels and other improvement to get the community to net zero carbon emissions. Gov. Tim Walz included the request in his budget.

It’s hitting an unexpected roadblock, the story said:

Leaders in the House, which is led by a DFL majority, have promised a far smaller amount of Xcel cash for the net-zero project than their counterparts in the governor’s office and the GOP-controlled Senate.

Click on the link above for the full story.

Good Friday: Justice Walk of the Stations of the Cross, Friday, April 19

A special Good Friday liturgical “Walk of the Stations of the Cross” is set for Friday, April 19, 4-6 p.m. starting at Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave., St. Paul.

The walk will mark sites of modern crucifixions in prayer and ritual. Stops will remember the Dakota Concentration Camp of 1862-63 below Fort Snelling and Dred and Harriet Scott’s enslavement at Fort Snelling. The walk will end at the Whipple Building, the epicenter of ICE’s (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detention and deportation enterprise.

Sponsors are Lyndale United Church of Christ, the Interfaith Coalition on Immigration, Healing Minnesota Stories and the Racial Justice office of the Minnesota Council of Churches.

Facebook Event Page here. 

Water Music: Augsburg University Concert

Augsburg University is hosting Water Music “a performative and interdisciplinary community event highlighting the centrality of water in our musical, spiritual, and civic lives.”

Students will sing 14 pieces about water from many times and places. Comparative Religion students will offer Biblical water prayers, Sufi water poetry, Ojibwa water legend, and original water Haiku.There will be water protector stories from the front.

The event is Tuesday, April 23, reception at 6:15 p.m. and performance at 7 p.m., at the Foss Center, 2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis.

Pine Ridge Needs Flood Relief Help

The Lakota Peoples Law Project has sent out an appeal to help the Pine Ridge community deal with extensive flooding.

… we are still in a state of extreme emergency with urgent needs including skilled volunteers and in-kind donations (materials) — and now Winter Storm Wesley is bearing down.

We have just launched a new site, OglalaOyankeRelief.org, as a place to find needed information and provide support. Please share it with anyone who might be able to help!

Topline priorities to care for our families, elders, and displaced citizens are bottled water and storage containers, nonperishable food, diapers, toilet paper, and hygiene products. And the rebuilding effort will be massive. …

We are looking for grant writers, contractors, engineers, skilled laborers, bookkeepers, and administrative assistants who are experts in their field and able to cover the cost of a trip to Pine Ridge. If you can join us here, please email us at volunteer@oglalaoyankerelief.org before coming so we can discuss logistics.

Please send relief items to:
West Hwy 18
OST President’s Office
Pine Ridge, SD 57770

Also click here for more information.

Flooding Threatens Pipelines

Almost got through an entire blog without writing about Enbridge Line 3. Then I saw this advisory bulletin from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The bulletin reminds “all owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines of the potential for damage to pipeline facilities caused by severe flooding and actions that operators should consider taking to ensure the integrity of pipelines in the event of flooding, river scour, and river channel migration.”

Remember, Enbridge Line 3 as approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission would cross 211 streams and 75 miles of wetlands. In addition, its climate damage impacts are estimated at $287 billion over three decades. That means more severe storms and flooding will threaten Line 3 which will run through a water-rich environment.

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