Pipeline Protest at the Minnesota Capitol Tomorrow (Thursday)

A last-minute alert: There is a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol tomorrow (Thursday), 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., to oppose legislation making it easier to large energy companies to get their crude oil pipelines approved by the state. The event is being supported by Native Lives Matter, Honor the Earth, MN350, Take Action Minnesota and the Sierra Club North Star Chapter. Here’s the link to the Facebook page.

The pipeline provisions are contained in the Omnibus Energy Bill that is up for a vote before the House of Representatives on Thursday. This is critical now as Enbridge is proposing an expansion and reroute of its Line 3 tar sands crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota. The new route crosses the Mississippi headwaters and violates treaty rights. For more, see our earlier blog: Stop Enbridge Line 3 — Minnesota’s Version of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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DAPL Update: News on Ongoing Divestment and Minnesota’s Native-Owned Bank

A collection of major pension funds, a labor union, and many religious organizations are putting financial pressure on banks supporting  the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). They are asking the banks  to address or support the Standing Rock Nation’s request to reroute the pipeline. They have some financial muscle, collectively holding $653 billion in investments.

In other news,

  • Norway’s largest private investor just pulled its investments out of all companies involved with DAPL.
  • This month in history, the largest inland oil pipeline spill happened in Minnesota, near Grand Rapids.
  • And did you know that there are 18 banks owned by Native American people in this country? One of those banks is in Hinkley.

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