Public Engagement in Decision Making

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2016 Caucus Resolutions

Support Climate Action at your local Precinct Caucus session on Tuesday evening March 1!   One part of precinct caucus meetings is the Resolutions process in which you can propose what you think should be included in the state party platform.  Caucuses are held in locations across Minnesota, are open to the public, and participation is encouraged. What: Propose a caucus resolution at your 2016 Precinct Caucus When: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 7p.m. (registration […]

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Federal Judge Ruling on Alberta Clipper Scheme

The Federal Judge’s ruling on the Enbridge Alberta Clipper Switcheroo Scheme has just been released. The backroom scheme switched oil between two crude oil pipelines just at the international border to evade lack of a permit on the new line – the older line has a vague old permit. The ruling did not endorse the scheme, nor discuss its legality, but stated the court did not have the authority over decisions regarding cross border permitting. […]

Minnesotans Make a Powerful Statement at MN PUC
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Minnesotans Make a Powerful Statement at MN PUC

On December 18, 2014, the Public Utilities Commission decided against reopening the case on the Alberta Clipper second capacity increase. This was no surprise as they rarely reopen cases once they have made their decision. Whether additional tar sands dilbit (from 570,000 up to 800,000 barrels per day) will flow on the Alberta Clipper has now moved to the Federal level.In anticipation of this decision, the MN350 Tar Sands team had prepared a powerful but […]

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Contested Case Hearing to Build A Movement

So, what is a contested case hearing? MN350, along with the Sierra Club and Honor the Earth, has “intervened” in a contested case hearing to review Enbridge’s request to expand the Alberta Clipper pipeline.  MN350 is now a “party” in this proceeding. This contested case hearing started when the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) referred this case to the Office for Administrative Hearings, which is an independent state agency.   This process is not a required […]