Updates on Challenges to Enbridge Line 3 and Keystone XL; New North Dakota Pipeline Proposed

In this blog:

  • The Progressive Magazine: The Battle Against Line 3: It’s not only a pipeline, it’s the future of the planet
  • Trump’s effort to end-run court challenges to Keystone XL facing more court challenges
  • Phillips 66 and Bridger Pipeline propose new pipeline through North Dakota
  • Line 3 opponents rally at Sen. Klobuchar’s office to get her to take a stand against the pipeline

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Mark Charles Announces Presidential Run; Pope Backs Indigenous Land Rights, and More

In this blog:

  • HMS friend Mark Charles (Dutch/Navajo) announces presidential run.
  • Pope Sides with Indigenous Rights
  • Rosebud Sioux Tribe to hold Keystone XL hearings
  • School changes dress code, allowing Native student to wear eagle feathers at graduation

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Updates: Keystone XL Delayed to 2020; Tar Sands Mining Co. Abandons 4,700 Wells, and More

Some quick tar sands crude oil updates. Remember, tar sands mining harms Canada’s First Nations People, it causes climate damage, and in the case of Enbridge Line 3 pipeline, it threatens our state’s cleanest waters and harms treaty rights.

  • TransCanada announced to shareholders that Keystone XL will miss the 2019 construction season because of court challenges, according to an AP story run by KOTA-TV. (Keystone XL would transport Canadian tar sands crude oil through the U.S. to the Gulf ports.)
  • The Alberta Energy Regulator announced the Trident Exploration Corporation abruptly shut down April 30, “without responding to an order to properly manage its 4,700 wells — adding to the more than 3,000 orphan wells already awaiting remediation in the province,” according to a story by the CBC. Trident estimated abandonment and reclamation costs at $329 million.
  • Check out National Geographic’s photo essay on Canadian tar sands mining headlined: This is the world’s most destructive oil operation—and it’s growing.

 

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

News and Events: Standing Rock Film Screening, Youth March for Fossil Free Future, and More

News and events in this post:

  • Oct. 8: Augsburg Native American Film Series: The Eagle and The Condor–From Standing Rock with Love.
  • Oct. 28 Our Right, Our Future: March with Minnesota Youth for a Fossil Free Future
  • Construction on Keystone XL Begins Near Rosebud as Three Native Nations Sue to Stop It
  • Minneapolis City Council Accepts the Red Lake Nation’s Help to Relocate Homeless Camp

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What is the ‘Necessity Defense’? Updates on DAPL and Keystone XL

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News reports about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and Keystone XL have faded into the background locally, but resistance continues from Standing Rock to Louisiana.

Here are a few updates:

  • North Dakota prosecutors dropped felony charges against Chase Iron Eyes for criminal trespass and incitement of a riot. The charges stem from DAPL events in early 2017. Iron Eyes was ready to put on a ‘Necessity Defense.’
  • A federal judge sided with water protectors who challenged the Trump administration’s fast track approval of a reroute of the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska.
  • Louisiana authorities are using harsher trespass laws to prosecute water protectors opposing construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, DAPL’s southern extension. A fund-raising concert is planned in Duluth for Saturday, Oct. 13 to raise money for these water protectors.

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Bad News, Good News on Keystone XL

The bad news is that the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved the Keystone XL Pipeline through the state on a 3-2 vote. The good news is that it approved an alternative route to the one proposed by TransCanada, a route the company opposes.

Articles from news organizations and environment groups has been quick. An initial article from Politico says this could bring to an end a nearly decades long regulatory battle over the pipeline and Reuters is framing the vote as a win for Trump.

Environmental groups are saying they will continue the fight through the courts and through boycotts. Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, looked for a silver lining in today’s vote:

The Keystone XL (KXL) tar sands pipeline was just approved by Nebraska’s Public Service Commission, but there is some good news. The PSC has approved an alternative route that TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline, has called unworkable.

That means TransCanada still has multiple hurdles to overcome — so this pipeline may never be built. That gives Sierra Club and our allies the perfect opportunity to fight back by urging banks to stop funding Keystone XL.

The Sierra Club is urging members to Send a message to Wells Fargo, a key funder of TransCanada, demanding that they stand with the landowners and tribes along the path of Keystone XL and not fund this dangerous pipeline.

Greenpeace is targeting Chase banks: Share today’s news on Facebook to put Chase Bank and other funders on notice that you are watching and you are not going anywhere. YOU will keep resisting this pipeline.

And court challenges remain. According to Politico:

The pipeline already is the focus of a court challenge stemming from Trump’s State Department approving the project. A coalition of groups is arguing the State Department did not do due diligence before approving the cross-border pipeline in March. The case is still in the beginning stages, with a decision pending from the U.S. District Court of Montana on a Trump administration motion to dismiss.

Native groups also have opposed Keystone XL. I will add their comments when I get them.