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Honor the Earth statement on PCU and Line 3

Web posted June 30, 2020
June 26, 2020, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reconsidered its May 1, 2020 Order for Line 3, Finding Environmental Impact Statement Adequate, Granting Certificate of Need as Modified, and Granting Routing Permit as Modified after several environmental groups and Minnesota tribes challenged the May approvals.

Line 3 will transport the most expensive to extract and produce – and the most polluting -- oil on the planet from the Alberta, Canada, tar sands to a terminal in Superior, Wisconsin, where it will eventually be shipped abroad.

The vote was 4-1 to deny the reconsiderations, with Commissioner Matthew Schuerger again casting the lone dissenting vote.

Statement from Winona LaDuke, co-founder and Executive Director of Honor the Earth:

“The PUC is an embarrassment to Minnesota s regulatory system. The tar sands oil energy sector is tanking during the pandemic and may never recover. Climate change -- and the electrification of the transportation sector -- are both increasing dramatically. The EPA just fined Enbridge $6.7 million for safety violations, for reporting delays that stem from a federal court consent decree formed after the Kalamazoo oil spill in Michigan in 2010 – one of the largest inland spills in the U.S.

And yet the Minnesota PUC continues to make stupid decisions to prop up a new Enbridge pipeline to the detriment of the state’s water, land, and climate, and the indigenous and other peoples within Minnesota. It’s a shame the PUC has again granted Enbridge the go ahead for Line 3 at a time when the company lost $1.4 billion in the first quarter of 2020 – pre-Covid-19 – and has now just reduced its workforce by 7% by offering early retirements, while also deferring $1 billion of spending due to the global pandemic. The PUC needs to get in touch with the new reality: the era of oil is over and a new green era is beginning.”

The PUC decision today will most likely be appealed again to the Minnesota Court of Appeals by several groups opposed to Enbridge’s Line 3, including Honor the Earth.

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