Line 3 updates: Efforts to bring Interior Secretary Haaland to MN, connecting with frontline resistance camps, and more

In other news, Mendota Dakota apply for federal recognition

In this blog:

  • Indigenous women leaders invite Interior Secretary Haaland to visit and Learn about Line 3
  • Opportunities to connect with frontline Line 3 resistance camps
  • MN House bill would block state funding for Line 3 court challenges
  • DNR approves nearly ten-fold increase in Enbridge dewatering plans
  • Decoding Line 3 language
  • Mendota Dakota apply for federal recognition

Indigenous women leaders invite Interior Secretary Haaland to visit and learn about Line 3, then stop it

Interior Secertary Deb Haaland

Six Indigenous women leaders have written a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to visit Minnesota and learn about Line 3.

The invitation highlights concerns Indigenous leaders have with the pipeline project including violation of Treaty Rights, the violation of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent as outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and negative impacts for wild rice, local waterways, and Indigenous communities. Within this context, Indigenous leaders are asking for Secretary Haaland’s support to call upon President Biden and Army Corps of Engineers to take immediate action to stop Line 3 and honor the Treaties.

Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, is the first Native American to hold a federal cabinet position. The Department of Interior oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other bureaus and agencies.

Signing the letter were: Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation) and Giniw Collective; Winona LaDuke (White Earth Nation) Honor the Earth; Simone Senogles (Red Lake Nation) Indigenous Environmental Network and RISE Coalition; Taysha Martineau (Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) and Camp Migizi; Sasha Beaulieu (Red Lake Nation) and Red Lake Treaty Camp; and Joye Braun (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe) and Indigenous Environmental Network.

Opportunities to connect with front-line resistance camps

Camp Fire Light

Native leaders are calling on people to join them on the frontlines. Fill out this form if you’re interested in joining or supporting frontline direct actions or staying at frontlines resistance camps.

Several camps have issued urgent, public calls to action, including the Red Lake Treaty Camp, who put out this urgent call on their Facebook page: Enbridge is moving equipment for drilling under the Red Lake River. They need water protectors to come stand in solidarity to protect the water.” To join, contact them on their Facebook page in advance and join in person here: 11750 MN-32, Thief River Falls, MN 56701. Set GPS to “Riverside Cemetery Thief River Falls.

The Welcome Water Protector Center camp is continuing to accept new water protectors as they hold the line along the Mississippi River crossing in Aitkin County. Lots of information here. You can attend an orientation call to learn more about joining the frontline resistance. RSVP for a call here. Calls take place weekly, either Tuesday at 7 p.m. or Sunday at 10 a.m. Join Water Protector Tania Aubid in her prayerful action at the Welcome Center.

If you can’t go, consider sending financial support. Options include:

Facebook Pages to Follow

Heads up: MN House bill would block state funding for Line 3 court challenges

As the Minnesota legislative session continues in overtime, an amendment has been drafted for H.F. 6 that would ban the state from spending money on Line 3 legal appeals.

This is part of an ongoing legislative effort to micromanage the executive branch and protect Line 3 from legitimate legal scrutiny.

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Court of Appeals rejected an appeal by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Native Nations, and environmental groups to reverse key Line 3 permits. The court favored the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and Enbridge on a 2-1 vote. The case needs to be appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

The Commerce Department has consistently argued that Enbridge failed to prove Line 3 was needed. Should the amendment above pass, it would preclude the Commerce Department from having its critical voice heard in court.

DNR approves nearly ten-fold increase in Enbridge Line 3 dewatering plans

In January, Enbridge realized that it had vastly underestimated the amount of water it needed to pump out of trenches during Line 3 construction, according to a recent post in Watch the Line.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise as Line 3 would cross 78 miles of wetlands and more than 200 water bodies.

… the DNR and PCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) requested Enbridge consider using additional well point systems along the project to reduce the amount of sediment being discharged with the water. Although using the wells help produce cleaner discharge, dewatering using wells requires more groundwater than other methods.

On June 4, 2021, the DNR authorized Enbridge to appropriate an additional 4,472 million gallons of water for temporary trench dewatering for the remaining 144.5 miles of construction. This is nearly a ten-fold increase from the 510.5 million gallons originally granted.

WatchtheLineMN

Line 3 opponents are researching the impact of dewatering further. Stay tuned.

Decoding Line 3 language

Check out the MN350 blog: Decoding Line 3 language, it’s a good summary that unmasks Line 3’s so-called grass roots support.

This supposed grassroots movement is just an extension of Enbridge’s public relations campaign. Grassroots movements are a collective created to enact change formed by the people – not by corporate interests. For more than six years, Enbridge and its hired consultants have been cultivating public opinion based on a well-written set of messages, a public relations campaign designed to disarm and distract from the key issues presented by the opposition.

MN350 blog

Mendota Dakota apply for federal recognition

“Members of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community plan to apply for recognition by the federal government as a sovereign nation, a designation that could give them a seat on the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and possibly help them obtain land,” the Star Tribune reports.

The Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community exists as a non-profit, “dedicated to preserving the Dakota culture and heritage. … The majority of the ancestors of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community can be traced back to Mendota, Minnesota in the 1700s.”

“The name Mendota is a French misinterpretation of the Dakota word Mdo-Te. Mdo-Te (pronounced Bdoh Tay) means the mouth of a river or a meeting of waters.”

One thought on “Line 3 updates: Efforts to bring Interior Secretary Haaland to MN, connecting with frontline resistance camps, and more

  1. I have gotten used how our system protects corporate interests over human interests. But this proposed statute change goes beyond even that travesty. This statute is targeted to protect a *specific* corporation – Enbridge, ENBRIDGE. A Canadian corporation. The sheer gall is breathtaking. To have any chance of a sustainable future, we need a system that protects people (and habitat) over profit. Until that happens, direct action is our only hope.

    FYI: Here is the proposed language: LINE 3; PROHIBITION ON USE OF FUNDS. No funds appropriated or transferred in this act may be used to appeal a court ruling regarding “In the Matter of the Application of Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership, for a Certificate of Need and Routing Permit for the Proposed Line 3 Replacement Project in Minnesota from The North Dakota Border to the Wisconsin Border,” MPUC Docket Nos. PL-9/14-916 or PL-9/PPL-15-137.

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