As Key Enbridge Line 3 Vote Looms Monday, Encouraging News in Other Pipeline Resistance Efforts

Proposals to build new crude oil pipelines are an investment in an old and failing energy infrastructure. They reflect a world view that favors short-term profits over the long-term health of local economies and the planet itself. Investors make money off selling refined gas, but shift long-term costs to future generations — costs from destructive oil mining practices, costs from future oil spills, and costs from climate change.

It is no wonder that Native nations and indigenous advocates have lead efforts to stop new crude oil pipelines, as they hold to a world view that considers the impacts of decisions seven generations into the future.

As we head into what is expected to be a frustrating Monday meeting at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regarding the future of Enbridge Line 3, let’s pause for a moment to reflect on some recent wins. They are a reminder that this work takes years, allies continue the resistance, and we do have victories. Continue reading

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“Stop Line 3” Updates: Key Hearing Monday, Upcoming Fundraisers, and New Ben and Jerry’s Flavor “Pecan Resist”

This Monday, November 19, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is meeting to cast what could be its final vote on Enbridge Line 3, opening the next phase of resistance, including legal challenges. Our presence and show of resistance remains vitally important. Please show up if you can.

There are a number of related Line 3 educational and fundraising events in the coming month, listed below. Here are the details on the PUC meeting.

Where: Minnesota Senate Building, 95 University Ave W in St. Paul (NOTE: Don’t go to the PUC offices where meetings are usually held.)

When: Arrive by 8:30 a.m. if possible, the seats could fill up. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. This meeting could be extended to Tuesday and/or Wednesday depending on deliberations.

Agenda: Voting on: 1) Whether to reconsider approval of Enbridge Line 3’s Certificate of Need; 2) Whether or not Enbridge’s insurance policies are protected as “trade secrets,” keeping them from public view; and, 3) Whether or not to admit into the legal record items submitted by Line 3 opponents that missed the filing deadline due to problems with the state’s electronic filing system.

RSVP: MN 350 set up this online RSVP and on the Facebook event

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Go Fund Me Page Set Up to Help Those in Homeless Camp Along Hiawatha Ave. Stay Warm

Ben Jammin Yawakie has created a Go Fund Me Page to help those in the homeless camp along Hiawatha Avenue stay warm until the temporary housing is available. (According to his LinkedIn page, Yawakie is a research assistant at the Public Health Law Center.) According to his fundraising page, the money will help pay for “firewood, hand warmers, blankets, and any other heating supplies that are desperately needed as the snow and below freezing temperatures have arrived.” Many of those in the camp are Native American.

An Oct. 31 MPR story updated the camp situation and difficult choices faced by those staying there.

Hennepin County, which operates about 1,000 shelter beds, says it’s been able to place 18 encampment families into shelters. They’ve found supportive housing for three families. But tents continue to pop up, now surpassing 200.

The city agreed to spend $1.5 million to build an emergency shelter on property owned by the Red Lake Nation. They hope to have it ready by early December to house about 150 people through winter. It’s described as a low-barrier alternative to traditional shelter, which city and tribal leaders hope will be attractive to people at the encampment.

 

PUC Has One Last Chance to Reverse Course and Stop Line 3; Meeting Set for Nov. 19

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has set meeting dates for what could be its final votes on the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands crude oil pipeline: Monday, Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m. at the Minnesota Senate Building, 95 University Avenue West, Room 1150, St. Paul. The official announcement notes the meeting could be extended to Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Diane Wilson Stepping Down from Dream of Wild Health and Other News and Events

In this blog:

  • Diane Wilson stepping down from leadership role at Dream of Wild Health
  • 22 Water Protectors plead guilty to disorderly conduct charges for non-violent civil disobedience against Line 3
  • Native American Community Clinic seeks donations for 4th Annual Holidays on Franklin
  • Opening reception for artists Tamara Aupaumut and Jeremy Pomani at All My Relations Gallery Nov. 16

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Hiawatha Homeless Camp Update; Mindful Direct Action Training; Community Reparations Gala, and More

In this blog:

  • MPR: Families at homeless encampment weigh staying together, seeking shelter
  • Mindful direct action training Nov. 11 at First Universalist in Minneapolis
  • Inaugural Community Reparations Gala
  • Indian Country Today: Planned Scorsese film version of “Killers of the Flower Moon” raises concerns in Osage County
  • Censored News: Standing Rock Water Protectors file Class Action Lawsuit against Morton County, North Dakota and TigerSwan

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Youth Rally Against Climate Change, Promise Legal Challenge to Line 3 Crude Oil Pipeline

Sunday’s “Our Future, Our Right” March with MN Youth for a Fossil Free Future.
The march and rally ended in the Minnesota Capitol rotunda.

Youth around the world will feel the greatest impacts of climate change. So it makes sense that youth are taking a lead to force the government and business interests to stop thinking about short-term profits and two-year election cycles and start thinking long-term about the planet’s very survival.

Youth are taking the federal government to court to force stronger action against climate change. They are taking the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to court to stop the Enbridge Line 3 crude oil pipeline. They are petitioning the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to write stronger regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They are getting ready for the 2019 legislative session.

To bring attention to their work, youth-led groups organized a climate justice rally and march on Sunday called “Our Future, Our Right.” Several hundred people gathered at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Downtown St. Paul to show their solidarity with the youth leaders, then marched with them to the state Capitol.

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