Many of us are familiar with the Keystone XL project that has illuminated the existence and impacts of the tar sands development in Alberta, Canada to folks in the U.S. and around the world. What some have known for a while is that we have our own tar sands pipeline running through northern Minnesota called the Alberta Clipper that was put into production in 2010 to carry tar sands crude oil to Midwest refineries and beyond.
Enbridge Energy is working on a massive expansion of their pipeline system linking new and existing pipelines and increasing tanker and rail transport to reach the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. This oil will be sold to refiners on the international market. In Minnesota, Enbridge Energy has submitted a Certificate of Need to the MN Public Utilities Commission that will increase the capacity of the Alberta Clipper (Line 67) carrying tar sands oil across the northern parts of the state.
Former NASA scientist James Hansen has said that if we develop Tar Sands, it will be “game over” for the climate. Tar sands is among the most resource intensive fuel on the planet, and it’s flowing right through Minnesota. At MN350 we are joining with our friends all over the country to say no to the Keystone XL pipeline, but maybe even more important, we are working to prevent Enbridge Energy from expanding the Alberta Clipper.
Learn more from MN350 Midwest Tar Sands Coordinator, Andy Pearson: