The Nibi Song, MN denies Enbridge drilling variance, and more

In this blog:

  • Daily Inspiration: The Nibi (Water) Song video (watch and learn!)
  • MPCA, DNR, tentatively deny Enbridge winter drilling request
  • ‘We Are Water Protectors’ — First Indigenous Caldecott Medal winner

Daily Inspiration: The Nibi Song

Thank you Native Roots Radio for posting this beautiful video of 8-year-old Jaggar singing the Nibi (Water) Song. Jaggar and Water Protectors invite you to learn and sing it in Anishinaabeg!

Translated, the song is:

Water, we love you
Thank you
Respect you

Jaggar singing the Nibi Song. (Screen grab from Net Roots Radio.)

MPCA, DNR, tentatively deny Enbridge winter drilling request

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have “tentatively denied” Enbridge’s request to drill under frozen rivers as part of its Line 3 construction, said Melissa Kuskie, manager of the MPCA’s Environmental Review & Rules Section.

Enbridge could modify its proposal and try again.

Enbridge Line 3 would cross more than 200 water bodies. For 21 of those crossings, Enbridge plans to use Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), where it will bore a four-foot wide tunnel under the water body and pull the pipeline through. (These include two Mississippi River crossings.)

The process requires “drilling mud,” a mix of water and clay, which lubricates the drill during the boring and then fills in the space between the pipe and the rest of the tunnel to stabilize it. (See industry video.)

According to Enbridge, “HDD is not 100% risk-free. … the drilling mud can sometimes surface elsewhere through natural cracks or voids in subsurface soils.”

For that reason, state rules prohibit such drilling when water bodies are frozen over, due to the risk of an undetected drilling mud spill into a river or stream.

On Dec. 11, Enbridge submitted requests to do the winter drilling for four HDD sites: The Clearwater River, the Middle River, the Red River, the Red Lake River (which abuts the Red Lake Treaty Camp), proposing various mitigation measures. The application went to the MPCA, the DNR, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

‘We Are Water Protectors’ — First Indigenous Caldecott Medal winner

“The American Library Association announced winners of the nation’s outstanding children’s books this week. At the top of the list is “We Are Water Protectors,” a picture book created by two Indigenous women,” Indian Country Today reports. “It was illustrated by Tlingit artist Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindstrom, Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe.

“The selection is history-making, marking the first time an Indigenous person has ever won the Caldecott Medal,” Indian Country Today said.

Full story here.

Book cover

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