Rally for the Rivers, Saturday, Jan. 9, at Enbridge Line 3’s Mississippi River crossing in Aitkin County

Please attend and share this invitation

Honor the Earth and other groups opposed to the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline are asking the public to show up this Saturday,. Jan. 9, at the Rally for the Rivers near Palisade, MN in defense of the water, treaty rights and for a just transition to a livable economy.

This is the site where Enbridge is preparing to bore under the Mississippi River for the pipeline. The rally will run from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. Here is the Facebook Page for the rally and a separate posting by Stop Line 3 with directions and tips on how to participate.

In other news:

  • Stop Line 3 gatherings at the Stone Arch Bridge
  • Red Lake, White Earth, Honor the Earth and the Sierra Club sue the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in federal court to Stop Line 3
  • Report: The Power behind Climate Denial in Minnesota

Stop Line 3 gatherings at the Stone Arch Bridge

For those of you who can’t travel to the pipeline itself but still want to support the resistance to Line 3, there are other options. For instance, the MN350 Pipeline Resistance Team gather from 2 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. They meet at the east side of the bridge to march together, educate passersby and grow our movement.

Check it out (and wear your masks!)

Red Lake, White Earth, Honor the Earth and the Sierra Club sue the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in federal court to Stop Line 3

Line 3 opponents have several cases pending to stop Line 3 in the Minnesota Court of Appeals. They opened a separate challenge in U.S. District Court last month, arguing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wrongfully approved the pipeline project.

For those of you who enjoy digging into the legal issues, here is the complaint and the legal reasoning behind it.

In short, the plaintiffs dispute the Corps’ findings that the Project will have no significant
impact on the environment. The complaint said Corps ignored significant operational impacts, including Line 3’s “impacts to water quality and drinking water; impacts to hunting, fishing, and gathering; oil spill risks; indirect air quality impacts resulting from the significant amounts of electrical power needed for the additional pumps; environmental justice concerns; and climate impacts.”

Report: The Power behind Climate Denial in Minnesota

Denial of climate damage from fossil fuels has allowed dangerous projects such as Enbridge Line 3 to move forward.

A coalition of 11 Minnesota climate groups led by MN350 Action last month released a compelling research report spotlighting the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s atrocious record on climate policy — and the driving influence of tar sands oil interests on the Chamber’s board. “The Power Behind Climate Denial in Minnesota” says the Chamber has spent $24 million on lobbying in the past decade, mostly to protect fossil fuel interests.

The report opens: “THE MINNESOTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is not what it seems.”

The Chamber, it says, represents itself a unified front, representing the interests of all of its members equally. In reality, it sides with polluters first.

Chamber members such as Target, 3M, Xcel Energy, and Best Buy, “have sustainability policies committing themselves to 100% clean energy by 2050,” the report says. They understand that’s in everyone’s best interests. The report continues:

However, the most powerful voice on energy and climate issues within the Chamber is working feverishly not to protect our planet from the devastating effects of climate change but to protect its massive profits. The Pine Bend Refinery in Rosemount is owned by Koch Industries, the largest privately owned energy company in the United States. Koch lobbyist Matthew Lemke sits on the Chamber’s board. Pine Bend processes one-fourth of all Canadian tar sands crude oil entering the United States6 and has been known for decades within the company as “the cash cow” of Koch’s far-flung empire.

Click on the link above for the full report.

MN350 Action has developed a quick way to tweet to leaders at places such as Target, Best Buy, General Mills and Cargill to insist that the Chamber stop doing the fossil fuel industry’s dirty work and instead stand up for Minnesota values.

Click here to tweet.

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