On March 7th, the U.S. State Department will hold the only public meeting in the country on an international tar sands pipeline expansion — the U.S./Canada border crossing needed to serve Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 — which would increase the flow of the world’s dirtiest oil across the Mississippi River and through the tribal territory and wild rice beds of northern Minnesota.
This important public meeting will be in Bemidji. MN. Immediately beforehand, community members in Bemidji will hold a “solutions summit” to showcase pipeline resistance and the local renewable energy economy, followed by a walk to the meeting venue.
Since climate, water, and indigenous rights are issues that affect us statewide, buses will be coming from Duluth and Minneapolis.
Everyone is welcome at this public meeting. The State Dept will accept public testimony, but nobody will be required to testify.
In a perfect world, we’d never have to make this trip. Expanding the world’s most climate-damaging oil fields shouldn’t even be on the table anymore, and massive infrastructure expansions should always have more than one public meeting. But President Trump’s State Department is trying to do this with as little public involvement as possible. It’s important that we show up in greater numbers than ever before and show the administration — and our state and local officials who are watching carefully — that Minnesotans reject Enbridge’s pipeline expansion plans for our state, and that we’re willing to stand up and say so.
Technical background: This hearing is about whether the border crossing pipeline that is necessary to allow Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement project should be expanded. Because of a legal workaround at the international border, the name of the pipeline in question at this hearing is Line 67 (the Alberta Clipper), but the oil in question would fill an expanded Line 3. The hearing is to allow public input on the draft supplemental environmental impact statement, an environmental review document released by the Trump administration (which denies the basic and accepted science of climate change) that says that expanding the flow of tar sands oil would not have adverse environmental effects.
Let’s absolutely pack the room on Tuesday, March 7th.