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The fires lit by Standing Rock have spread to Minnesota. This August, a group of indigenous youth fighting the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline will undertake a 250-mile canoe journey across northern Minnesota to stand for the cleanest lakes, the manoomin (wild rice) beds and the 1855 treaty territories of the Ojibwe people.

We will start where the new Line 3 would cross the headwaters of the great Mississippi River, and travel a traditional canoe route to end at Big Sandy Lake, where hundreds of Ojibwe were killed by the US government in 1850.  

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A CONTROVERSIAL PROPOSAL for a tar sands oil pipeline has led indigenous leaders in Minnesota to threaten an uprising similar to the one near Standing Rock last fall. That conflict began with what tribes described as the federal government’s failure to properly consult with nearby tribal communities prior to permitting the Dakota Access Pipeline project.

In July, Danielle Oxendine Molliver, the tribal liaison brought on by Minnesota’s Department of Commerce to consult with indigenous leaders about Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 pipeline, resigned in protest of what she called a flawed environmental review process that lacked transparency, professionalism, and fairness.

In a resignation letter submitted on July 24, Oxendine Molliver stated, “There are a multitude of reasons why I have come to this decision. The single most important one is the failure of the state of Minnesota to fulfill its obligations of good faith and fair dealing with the tribes in connection with the Line 3 project.”....

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AFTER BEING SIDELINED, Oxendine Molliver spent meeting after meeting ushering guests to the refreshments, but at a final meeting held just for tribal members, on June 27, she was struck by images presented by Sheila Lamb, who is Ojibwe and Cherokee and has long been involved in environmental activism. They showed long lines of pipe being transported by truck and rail, and stacked inside a fence.

“There are staging areas already,” Lamb said, according to a transcript of the proceedings. “The newest one is between Kettle River and Rice. It is a huge fenced area with barbed wire on top, the whole nine yards, where they’re taking the pipes to. We’re talking trucks running every 10 to 15 minutes carrying in pipes. As of yesterday, there were 35 carloads of pipes just that we could count sitting right in Carlton.”

“Is this already a done deal?” Lamb asked the Commerce Department officials. Her question touched issues that extended beyond the scope of the environmental impact statement. Enbridge has already started construction in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as on the 12-mile segment in Wisconsin. Minnesota is the last state that hasn’t granted regulatory approval, giving it huge sway in determining the future of the pipeline.

Jamie MacAlister, a project manager for the Commerce Department, replied to Lamb, “[Decision-makers] don’t know that there’s pipes stacked up out here. In fact, I didn’t know there was pipes stacked up out here until I came to this meeting.” She added, “Enbridge does not have any permits. They’re not allowed to do any construction until they receive those permits.”

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At the meeting that led Enbridge to complain about Oxendine Molliver, Winona LaDuke, a longtime environmental activist who played a key role in the movement to kill Sandpiper, described her takeaways from the draft environmental impact statement. “When you go all the way through it, it says, we heard you. We heard that your people are hurting. We heard that your people can barely hang on. We heard that this is the only land you have. We heard that this is the only wild rice you have. We heard that your communities are already under a lot of duress. We heard that your communities are already sick from contaminants,” she said. “But mitigation is gonna be good.

“We don’t want to throw down a camp like Standing Rock, but this is not Morton County — you’re not getting another pipeline through here,” she added. “And there are hundreds of Ojibwe people and thousands of other people that are going to stop that line if you approve a permit. So we’d just like to stop it before we get to that.”

Opponents of Enbridge Line 3 publicly launched two camps on Wednesday, one on the White Earth reservation and another near the Fond du Lac reservation.

The final decision on the pipeline isn’t expected until next April.

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..from democracy now headlines

Wisconsin: 6 People Arrested Protesting Construction of Tar Sands Pipeline

And in Wisconsin, six people were arrested after one person locked himself to a piece of heavy machinery to stop the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. The proposed line would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to a terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. It faces sustained resistance from indigenous nations and environmental activists in both the U.S. and Canada.

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Direct Action Ramps Up Resistance to Line 3

Resistance against Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline expansion is ramping up. Near the Fon du Lac Reservation, at the frontline camp, Makwa, water protectors, land defenders, warriors, and others have participated in a wave of civil disobedience that has resulted in 16 arrests in multiple actions that have delayed construction work on the pipeline in the last month. On the morning of September 18, Unicorn Riot covered another direct action to stop construction on the Wisconsin side of the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.

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Minnesotans rally to ‘Hold the Line’ against Enbridge pipeline project

Hundreds of residents gathered in front of the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul on Thursday for a rally to “Hold the Line” against a pipeline project called Line 3. Backed by the Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Energy, the inter-state project was the subject of the city’s only public meeting held later that day, and residents were firmly determined to make their voices heard.

With an hour to go until the public hearing, they marched over a mile to the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront hotel. Once inside, they argued against the project’s approval to the judge who will decide Line 3’s fate next year.

“It’s just nice to be in a sea of people who feel the same way that you do,” said Mysti Babineau of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe in northwestern Minnesota. “It gives me hope because a lot of these people I’m seeing nowadays are so young.”.....



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Indigenous-Led Protest Shuts Down Banks in Seattle

At 11 o'clock this morning, four people chained themselves to a structure blocking an entrance of the Bank of America on 5th and Olive Street. Two of them locked themselves to the apex of a tripod, suspended at least a dozen feet in the air. The protesters were still there as of 2 p.m, blocking people from entering the bank.

Around the corner of the building was Feanette Black Bear, 65, holding the end of a sign blocking the building's other entrance and a bundle of sage. "We shut down business today!" she said.

For Black Bear, who is Lakota, today's action grows out of what she calls "an awakening for future generations."

"I'm here in support of our future generations, the unborn, and for the people here today, for Mni Wiconi, for treaty rights," Black Bear said, using the Lakota rallying cry heard at Standing Rock last year, and since then, the world over. In Lakota, Mni Wiconi translates to "water is life."

The Bank of America protest is just one of 100 demonstrations taking place across Seattle as part of Divest the Globe, a three-day activism campaign organized by Mazaska Talks, an indigenous-led coalition including Lakota educator Matt Remle and Muckleshoot activist Rachel Heaton, with support from 350 Seattle's Alec Connon. Remle reported on Twitter that at least one other bank was shut down in Seattle.


Organizer Rachel Heaton told The Stranger that Mazaska Talks—Mazaska being the Lakota term for "shiny metal," as in money—urges people to divest themselves from banks that finance private prisons and pipelines. While activists targeted Bank of America because of its involvement in financing Alberta tar sands extraction, Heaton said that the days of action are also meant to draw attention to the 92 banks meeting in Brazil this month that have signed on to the "Equator Principles," a framework that's supposed to help guide financial institutions' social and environmental responsibilities when financing new projects.

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Wells Fargo Blockaded, Demanding Divestment From Tar Sands

On November 14, 2017, five water protectors took action in solidarity with front line Indigenous resistance efforts at Camp Makwa to stop the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline in Minnesota. The activists locked down to each other and used their bodies to disrupt business as usual at Wells Fargo, one of the major financial players behind this genocidal, extractive fossil fuel project.

Wells Fargo has 743 million invested into Enbridge who is responsible for Tar Sands and the Line 3 pipeline threatening and ravaging through Indigenous lands, water, wild rice, and sovereignty in Minnesota.

This action is one of hundreds taking place across the globe to call for divestment from financial institutions invested in the destructive fossil fuel industry.

Earth Defense Coalition lockdown blockading Wells Fargo

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Student Pipeline Action Committee

The Student Pipeline Action Committee (SPAC) is pleased to announce its second “Water is Life” Fundraising Campaign! SPAC was formed in January 2017 by a group of first year law students from Robson Hall, and has since been ratified as an official student group recognized by the University of Manitoba, with an expanded mandate:

“SPAC is committed to supporting action and resistance against pipelines in North America, and furthering the dialogue concerning the detrimental environmental and human impacts of resource extraction.”

In support of this mandate, we hosted a speaker panel, “Beyond Borders: Pipeline Resistance From Standing Rock to Manitowapow” – bringing together legal, grassroots, and frontline perspectives. Following the success of this event, we are pleased to launch our next “Water is Life” Fundraising Campaign.

Inspired by the action of Water Protectors, the messaging is simple: “Water is Life”. Water and environmental protection has been at the heart of the many conversations across North America on the topic of pipelines and resource extraction. The design was created by Anishinaabe artist and graphic designer Danielle H. Morrison using the woodlands style of Norval Morrisseau. The visual depicts the interconnectedness of land, animals, and water, and is circular in essence to represent the cycle of life.....

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Pipeline resistance planning meeting #2

Tuesday, November 21 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM UTC-06

320 Colony St. 2nd Floor Multipurpose room. Winnipeg, MB. Buzzer code 1306

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Indigenous Groups Lead Movement to Call on Banks to Drop Enbridge’s Controversial Line 3 Pipeline
Tribal Nations based in Minnesota oppose the project and the Minnesota Department of Commerce has condemned it

Minneapolis, MN — Today, a coalition of Indigenous, national and international groups join a growing movement placing pressure on financial institutions to drop financially and socially risky projects, delivering a group letter to the 36 banks providing corporate finance to fossil fuel infrastructure giant Enbridge. The groups are calling on the banks to cut business ties with Enbridge Inc. until it stops expanding tar sands operations, one of the most destructive fossil fuels on the planet. Enbridge is the company behind the Line 3 “Replacement” Pipeline project, a controversial project that would cause Indigenous rights abuses and continued contributions towards climate change.


Coalition members include

Winona LaDuke (White Earth), Executive Director
Honor the Earth

Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation), National Campaigns Director
Honor the Earth

Dallas Goldtooth, Keep It in the Ground Campaigner
Indigenous Environmental Network

Matt Remle (Lakota)
Last Real Indians & Co-Founder Mazaska Talks

Rachel Heaton (Muckleshoot Tribe), Co-Founder
Mazaska Talks

Judith Leblanc (Caddo), Director
Native Organizers Alliance

Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon, Mohawk Council of Kanesatake
Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion

Michelle Cook, J.D.
Honágháahnii (Diné Nation)

Mary Lanham
MN350 Corporate Accountability Team

Johan Frijns, Director

Vanessa Green, Director
DivestInvest Individual

Florent Compain, President
Les Amis de la Terre France

Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director & Founder
Oil Change International

Lindsey Allen, Executive Director
Rainforest Action Network

Nicole Ghio, Senior Campaign Representative
Sierra Club

Heffa Schücking, Director

Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director & Founder
Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network

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Stop Line 3!

Tuesday, April 17 at 6 PM - 8 PM UTC-06

320 Colony St. 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room. Winnipeg

Hosted by Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition

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Line 3 Briefing: Judge Recommendation Release

Mon 7:30 PM · MN350: Building a Climate Movement in Minnesota · Minneapolis, Minnesota


Block (Line 3) Party at the PUC

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With Trans Mountain on the brink, another major pipeline project faces live-or-die moment

With the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project still in limbo, another major pipeline project is awaiting a do-or-die decision by regulators in Minnesota, with a key report on the future of Enbridge's Line 3 expected today.

The federal cabinet gave the green light to both Trans Mountain and Line 3 — the largest project in the history of Enbridge — on the same day in November 2016. And while work on Line 3 has already started on the Canadian side of the border, the regulatory agency tasked with approving construction through Minnesota has so far held off granting necessary permissions amid intense local opposition.

If Enbridge fails to secure a state permit and route approval, Line 3 could join the list of other major natural resources projects approved by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that have failed to launch.

Enbridge hopes to replace the entire span of the aging pipeline, which carries oil from a terminal near Hardisty, Alta., through northern Minnesota to Superior, Wis., where it travels on to U.S. refineries for upgrading.

The project would nearly double the pipeline's current volume to 760,000 barrels a day. The existing line, constructed in the 1960s, has been a source of spills in the past. The company has voluntarily dialled back capacity to address mounting maintenance issues while it pushes ahead with a replacement.

"All the Line 3 approvals are place in Canada, construction has already begun in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and it's about to begin in Manitoba. I know there's one more regulatory hurdle we're expecting from Minnesota, so, that's all I can say," Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said Monday.

Enbridge, a company that has seen its stock sink nearly 40 per cent in the last year over uncertainty in the energy sector, has been unwilling to leave the project's future to fate.

$5 million spent on lobbying

In 2017, it spent over $5.3 million U.S. on lobbying efforts in Minnesota — nearly five times more than any other company or interest group spent advocating for any cause in that state in the last calendar year, according to a review of the state lobbying database by CBC News.

Just over $5 million of that sum was spent lobbying the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the agency that regulates electricity, energy and telecom interests....

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Minnesota decided to approve Line 3. The last route hurdle resolved. Line 3 is a done deal.

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Awesome graphic on #19. I don't know if the price is right to sell oil now anyway. I suspect if we wait for a bit, it will be much higher. However if the pressure stays on and more oil projects are abandoned, renewables will start climbing up as their cost goes down. 

What Alberta might be able to do for itself is start acting like the US Department of Energy and say they will get the oil to market, whatever it takes. You find an energy source, and we will plug it in. I think it would make the second-tier oil companies start piling in again.


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Awesome graphic on #19. I don't know if the price is right to sell oil now anyway. I suspect if we wait for a bit, it will be much higher. However if the pressure stays on and more oil projects are abandoned, renewables will start climbing up as their cost goes down. 

What Alberta might be able to do for itself is start acting like the US Department of Energy and say they will get the oil to market, whatever it takes. You find an energy source, and we will plug it in. I think it would make the second-tier oil companies start piling in again.

That is exactly what Trudeau is trying to do by declaring Transmountain will be built. It isn't working because it isn't solely up to him. Alberta is land-locked. 

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..line 3 is still not approved in minn. the final step will take place in june when the regulatory commission decides on 1) Certificate of Need, and 2) Route Permit.

..this is what was decided on the 23rd : First Administrative Law Judge Issues Recommendation on Certificate of Need and Route Permit

Judge: Minn. regulators should approve Line 3, but not on new route

An administrative law judge on Monday recommended Minnesota regulators approve Enbridge's contentious Line 3 oil pipeline proposal, but only if it replaces the existing line in its current location — not a new route as Enbridge has proposed.

In her decision, administrative law judge Ann O'Reilly cited integrity concerns with the current Line 3, which, at nearly 50 years old, is corroding and cracking, putting it at greater risk of leaking. Her recommendation is non-binding.

The judge's report said building the Line 3 replacement along a new route has more consequences than benefits for Minnesota. However, the "cost-benefit analysis" changes if Enbridge routes its replacement pipeline along the current Line 3 route.

There were over 72,000 written comments submitted on the Line 3 project, according to O'Reilly's report, 68,244 of which opposed the pipeline.


The new route swings around the Leech Lake and Fond du Lac reservations.

But it crosses through land where Native Americans have hunted, fished and gathered for centuries, land dotted with some of the cleanest lakes in the state, some of the richest yielding wild rice waters in the state, and the headwaters of the Mississippi River.

That has raised sharp objections from conservation groups and Indian tribes. They point to major spills in Minnesota in 1991 and 2002, and more recently to the 840,000-gallon Kalamazoo River spill that required a $1.1 billion cleanup. They say the risk of a similar spill in northern Minnesota is too great.

In surprise testimony last September, the state Department of Commerce said Minnesota doesn't need the pipeline, in part because refineries in the state and the Midwest already receive all the oil they need.


If the project is approved, some opponents have threatened a repeat of the protests in North Dakota near the Standing Rock reservation that delayed work for months on the Dakota Access pipeline, in which Enbridge owns a stake.

Similar concerns over the role of tar sands oil in climate change, and indigenous rights, have fueled opposition to Kinder Morgan's proposal to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to an export terminal in British Columbia.

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'There's a ton riding on this': Enbridge pipeline project dealt blow in Minnesota

Enbridge's oil pipeline was old, unreliable and prone to leaking. Its proposed replacement had federal approval in Canada and a presidential permit in the United States.

That's why compared to the other oil export projects proposed from Alberta — TransCanada's Keystone XL and Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion — this pipeline was assumed to face far fewer hurdles.

However, the oilpatch is witnessing how even a project considered straightforward still faces significant delays and a difficult regulatory process.

And the real protests haven't even begun.

"I would have thought Line 3 would have had the easier time moving forward," said Jennifer Rowland, a senior equity analyst with Edward Jones, based in St. Louis. "And yet, a line like that even faces so much opposition. It speaks to the mindset and attitude toward pipelines."


Judge's report

This week, an administrative law judge in Minnesota delivered a report for the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on Enbridge's application to replace and expand the Line 3 pipeline. Instead of providing a clear verdict about whether the pipeline should be approved, the report complicates the situation even further.

The PUC will make the final decision on the project in June. Experts say the commission often follows the recommendations it receives.

"There's a ton riding on this project — not only for Enbridge, but for the whole basin, in general, in Western Canada. It's a very important project," said Patrick Kenny, an analyst with National Bank in Calgary.

The Canadian portion of the project will cost an estimated $5.3 billion Cdn, while the American section has a price tag of $3.6 billion Cdn.

The judge suggested Enbridge construct a new Line 3 parallel to the existing pipeline, which travels through territories of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Both Minnesota Indigenous groups oppose the project and both have existing agreements with Enbridge that expire around 2029.

"That definitely creates a pretty big wrinkle here as far as what the regulatory agency might decide to do in June," said Rowland. "There is opposition to the pipeline in some of those tribal areas that the existing corridor already goes through. So I think for the sake of speed of permitting, they prefer a different route."

Enbridge had suggested a different path through the state, which would reduce the environmental impact, the company said.

Removing old pipe

According to the report, the existing pipeline corridor would isolate the risk of a spill, prevent the establishment of a new pipeline corridor in an environmentally sensitive part of the state and "prevent the abandonment of nearly 300 miles of steel pipeline."

Enbridge proposed to clean and decommission the existing 1960s line before leaving the steel pipe in the ground. However, the judge recommends Enbridge remove the old pipe, which would increase costs for the company.

Enbridge appreciated how the report stressed the need for the project, but the company disagreed with the routing decision and will keep pushing for its preferred route.. On Tuesday, the day after the report was released, the company's shares fell more than five per cent.

The bright spot for Enbridge is the judge's belief the new pipeline is needed in Minnesota.

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Block (Line 3) Party at the PUC

May 18 at 2:30 PM to May 19 at 4 PM

State of Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

After this long winter, it’s time to party! So join us for our Block (Line 3) Party on May 18-19! We’ll be encouraging our Public Utility Commissioners to #StopLine3 as they contemplate their final rulings on this pipeline, rulings that could have devastating consequences for years to come.

Have you ever attended a water ceremony? When was the last time you had wild rice casserole made by Minnesotans who live near the wild rice beds where it’s been harvested? Come join us for a weekend of all these things and more! Meet others like yourself who care about the future of our northern communities being at stake, in addition to the water that all of us hold near and dear every day.

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Pipeline “poison approvals”: a new trend?


This week, a decision by an Administrative Law Judge regarding the Line 3 tar sands pipeline in Minnesota became the latest in the trend.The decision, at first glance, looks like an approval for Enbridge to build a new tar sands pipeline (“Line 3”) through Minnesota. But at second glance, the picture is far less clear. The Judge recommended that Enbridge’s preferred route be denied, and that the 7th (yes, you read that right, the SEVENTH) alternative route be the only one considered for ultimate approval by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

That seventh alternative route requires Enbridge to dig up the existing Line 3 pipeline, which is 50 years old and is no longer safe, and build a new larger Line 3 in what would be the vacant trench – a task Enbridge estimates would cost an extra $1.28 billion. Enbridge’s preference is to have a new corridor approved for the new Line 3 and to literally abandon the existing pipeline, leaving it in place, unused, for years to come. The Judge said that would be of no benefit to Minnesotans.

The Judge determined that to abandon the existing pipeline in-place would put Minnesota taxpayers on the hook for any remediation deriving from the degradation of the pipeline in Minnesota soil, meaning that the only option in which Minnesotans would benefit is one in which the existing pipeline is dealt with by Enbridge. While we would contend that pipeline companies should always be required to clean up the mess they leave behind, this is nevertheless an important admission by the Judge.

The Judge wrote:

Applicant seeks to decommission and abandon its old Line 3 in place. That would mean nearly 300 miles of steel infrastructure being abandoned in Minnesota, where it will remain for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. In addition, the easements that Applicant has obtained from landowners for the new Line 3 allow it to “idle in place” the new line, thereby signaling to the Commission that Applicant also intends to someday abandon the new Line 3 when it no longer serves Applicant’s needs.

The abandonment of the old Line 3 and the creation of a new corridor leaves open the possibility of thousands of miles of Enbridge pipelines someday being abandoned in- place when they are no longer economically useful to Applicant. This is particularly true in a carbon-conscious world moving away from fossil fuels; a move that Minnesota aspires to follow.

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Enbridge Fined for Failing to Fully Inspect Pipelines After Kalamazoo Oil Spill

The Canadian oil pipeline company responsible for one of the largest inland oil spills on record has agreed to pay a $1.8 million fine for failing to thoroughly inspect its pipelines for weaknesses as required under a 2016 agreement.


More than 1 million gallons of tar sands oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River near the town of Marshall when a 6-foot rupture opened in Enbridge pipeline 6B. Despite warnings of trouble, oil flowed for 17 hours before Enbridge shut down the pipeline. Ultimately, the oil pushed nearly 40 miles downriver, fouling 4,435 acres of land near the river's banks. It triggered a massive cleanup effort that cost the company $1.2 billion and kept the river closed for nearly two years.

As part of a sweeping, $177 million settlement, Enbridge promised to look for cracks and corrosion on its Lakehead pipeline system, a nearly 2,000-mile grid of pipelines that brings oil from Canada into the United States.

In a document filed in a Michigan federal court on Tuesday, the government alleges that Enbridge failed to properly conduct six inspections.


Just the Latest Challenge for Enbridge

The new settlement comes at a time when Enbridge is facing questions over the integrity of its Line 5, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac that connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in northern Michigan.

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Nice of the Americans to let us pump more of our (oh sorry, Alberta's) diluted bitumen over their territory on its way back to refineries in Ontario. That seems really dumb from an American point of view. 100% environmental risk, 0% hydrocarbon reward. Who said OK to that?

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..putting the boot in costs money

Northern Minnesota officials worry about costs of potential pipeline protests

County officials in northern Minnesota are worried about large-scale protests if Enbridge Energy gets approval to replace its Line 3 crude oil pipeline and have asked regulators to find a way to force the company to cover the costs to local governments.

Susan Morris, president of the Association of Minnesota Counties, made the request in a letter filed with the state Public Utilities Commission, which is expected to decide next month whether to approve the project and, if it’s approved, what route it should take across Minnesota. The letter, sent late last month, was posted on the PUC’s electronic docket Wednesday.

“Potential county expenses related to this project cannot be anticipated or budgeted because they are out of the ordinary for counties,” Morris wrote. “These may include law enforcement costs related to site security and crowd control in the event of protests, solid waste management issues, and costs related to county emergency management.”


North Dakota’s protest-related costs hit nearly $38 million. The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, gave North Dakota $15 million to help cover those bills, and the state got a $10 million grant from the U.S. Justice Department. But North Dakota still hopes to recoup more of the costs from the federal government.

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Environment, tribal groups rally to fight Line 3 oil pipeline

With just weeks left before Minnesota regulators decide the fate of Enbridge Energy's contentious Line 3 oil pipeline proposal, activists are gearing up their years-long fight against the project.

A cadre of environmental and tribal groups camped in downtown St. Paul on Friday and Saturday for an anti-Line 3 rally and to take pledges from people who promise to continue fighting the pipeline, if it's approved.

"The pledge of resistance says that we stand united against this proposed pipeline because of the threat it proposes to our air, our water, wild rice, Anishinaabe treaty territory and our climate," said Akilah Sanders-Reed, a climate activist. "As one of the dirtiest kinds of oil on earth, tar sands oil contributes to climate change more than any other kind of oil."

The activists' camp was outside the Public Utilities Commission's office. The agency's five commissioners will have final say on whether to give Enbridge the necessary permits to build Line 3.


For Rose Whipple, a 17-year-old climate indigenous-rights activist, that's not OK.

"Sometimes when I'm at home and I really think about it, I start to cry because I don't wanna think about what would happen if this goes through and what those communities up there would have to face. Their wild rice is at risk." And the risk of oil contaminating wild rice waters, she said, threatens the Anishinaabe way of life in northern Minnesota.

This weekend's rally included art, a concert, a wild rice meal and a water ceremony on the Mississippi.

It wrapped up Saturday with a "direct action training" for people who pledged to resist Line 3. Organizers kept a reporter out of the training due to participants' fears of a bill under consideration at the Legislature that would increase penalties for protesters.

The Public Utilities Commission has set four days of hearings and deliberations next month on Enbridge's proposed pipeline....

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Minnesota religious leaders oppose new Enbridge oil pipeline

More than 500 religious leaders have signed a petition against Enbridge's proposed new oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, with several delivering a letter Monday afternoon to Gov. Mark Dayton and state utility regulators.

The letter, signed by regional Protestant leaders and ministers of several faiths, called the proposed new Line 3 a "moral issue" — a threat to the environment and Minnesota's Ojibwe.

"The threat of spills in these water-rich areas puts this project in violation of indigenous treaty rights to hunt, fish and gather," Julia Nerbonne, executive director of Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, said in a news release. The group of over 400 congregations works on sustainable energy and global warming issues.


Signatories of the petition include the bishop of the Minneapolis Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (the nation's largest Lutheran synod); the bishop of the Minnesota-Dakotas region of the United Methodist Church; the bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota; and the head of the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ.

More than 100 protesters affiliated with the religious leaders' petition congregated Monday in a park near the State Capitol.

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Yesterday, Friday, June 22, Enbridge submitted a document to the Line 3 docket outlining the 5 last-minute promises they’ve made recently in desperate attempts to push the PUC to approve their proposed new corridor. In that document, they propose a “Landowner Choice Program” to determine where to remove the old Line 3 pipeline. Their plan is to send each landowner a letter asking them if they want Line 3 removed from their property. That sounds reasonable enough. But deep in the document, Enbridge also says they plan to offer each landowner money to let them leave the corroded, leaky pipe in the ground.

Faced with the costs of digging up and removing an old pipeline, along with the inevitable contamination they will find underneath, Enbridge will approach these landowner negotiations with very deep pockets. And these are some of the poorest areas in the state of Minnesota. That kind of power imbalance, especially in light of Enbridge's consistent track record of dishonesty and bullying, makes informed consent and “landowner choice” impossible. Enbridge even says in this document that they don’t expect to remove much pipe. This is not a proposal to remove the old line, it is a proposal to throw money at the problem, sweep it under the rug, and pass it on to future generations. Enbridge is giving the PUC the option to shirk their responsibility to regulate this mess and instead just throw each individual landowner to the dogs.  

Landowners on the existing corridor have spoken out passionately against pipeline abandonment, and reminded Minnesota that their decision on Line 3 will set precedent for the 3 other ancient Enbridge pipelines in their Mainline System, as well as many others in the future.  Landowners on the proposed new route have also spoken out against a new energy corridor through their communities....

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Minnesota Approves Line 3: EXPECT RESISTANCE

Today, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved the new Line 3 pipeline, in Enbridge's preferred new route.  They opened up a brand new energy corridor through the lakes and wild rice beds of the North, the heart of Ojibwe treaty territories, and the ancestral homelands of the Oceti Sakowin.... 

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PRESS RELEASE: Spirit of Buffalo Camp

This morning, Indigenous resistance to Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline expansion set up a prayer camp in Treaty 1 territory near Gretna, Manitoba, meters away from the Canadian/United States border. Spirit of the Buffalo Camp was established by lighting a sacred fire and conducting a sunrise ceremony, and is situated along the route for the Line 3 pipeline.

Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline “replacement” project is the corporation’s largest project in history. Enbridge is marketing the project as a necessary “replacement” of an older pipeline, but the new pipeline will be nearly double the current capacity, making this project a significant expansion. Enbridge also plans to leave most of the older pipeline to decay in the ground.

Spirit of the Buffalo camp demands that Enbridge stop building the pipeline because it does not have free, prior and informed consent of all Indigenous peoples along the route, and is a direct violation of the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples Rights. The camp also demands that Enbridge remove the current Line 3 pipeline instead of leaving it to decay in the ground....

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Workers left the site. Enbridge Line 3 construction northwest of Morden/Winkler, Manitoba.

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Opponents of Line 3 pipeline replacement project file appeals in Minnesota

Opponents of Enbridge’s plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota filed appeals Wednesday to challenge the state Public Utilities Commission’s approval of the project.

Environmental and tribal groups filed their initial notices with the Minnesota Court of Appeals against the commission’s decision to grant a certificate of need for the pipeline. The state Department of Commerce, which opposed the project during the regulatory process, has not said if it will appeal.

The appellants will also include the Youth Climate Intervenors, a group of 13 people ages 25 and under that was granted official “intervenor” status in the commission’s proceedings. They plan to file their appeal before Friday’s deadline.

“We’re appealing because the Public Utilities Commission blatantly ignored climate science in making their decision,” said Akilah Sanders-Reed, 24. “The decision they made had little or no justification as to why they overlooked the expert opinions of many of the intervening parties and the Minnesota Department of Commerce in particular, and the (administrative law) judge who reviewed the record, all of whom said Enbridge’s project shouldn’t be permitted.”

The teenagers and 20-somethings in the Youth Climate Intervenors got the opportunity to testify and to cross-examine Enbridge’s witnesses before the PUC. They’re being represented in the appeal by student-lawyers with the University of Minnesota Law School’s Energy and Environment Legal Clinic.

Wednesday’s filings included a joint appeal by the Red Lake and White Earth bands of Ojibwe, Honor the Earth and the Sierra Club; and one by Friends of the Headwaters.

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Minnesota governor's administration files Line 3 appeal

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's administration on Friday appealed a state regulatory panel's approval of Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce said the Public Utilities Commission got its decisions wrong because Enbridge did not introduce, and the panel did not properly evaluate, the kind of long-range oil demand forecast required by state law.

Dayton, who leaves office Jan. 7, said in a statement that he strongly supports the appeal. He said Enbridge "failed to demonstrate that Minnesota needs this pipeline to meet our future oil demand. In fact, most of the product would flow through our state to supply other states and countries."....

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The movement to stop Line 3 is growing! Recently thousands showed up on the shores of Gichi-gami and marched to the frontlines of Enbridge’s pipeline terminal. Now is a critical time to come together again before winter when Line 3 construction is officially planned to begin.

On Nov. 22-25, Ginew Collective invites you to show up in solidarity to protect our water, treaty rights, and build community with the skills you’ll need to stop line 3. This camp is open to all and will also offer an advanced training track for those who’ve been trained at camp before.