Sandpiper Hearing Today

Any KFAI News reporters interested in going to a hearing today about the proposed Sandpiper pipeline project across Northern Minnesota?

It’s at 2pm at River Center in St. Paul.

Assignment: Collect comments and file a report for the Morning Blend on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Press release and info from MN 350 below:

: A series of five public hearings hosted by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission at which landowners, tribal members, and others opposed to the Sandpiper pipeline proposal will give testimony against the project. Interviews will be available before and after the hearings. Contact Andy Pearson of MN350 to arrange an interview at 612-600-5951 or andy@mn350.org
Where and when:
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Sandpiper Public Hearings
St Paul:
Monday, Jan. 5, 2 pm
Saint Paul RiverCentre, Ballrooms A and B
175 W Kellogg Blvd.
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Duluth:
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2 p.m.
Downtown Holiday Inn, Ballroom
200 West 1st St.
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Bemidji:
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2 pm
Bemidji State University, Hobson Union – Ballroom
1500 Birchmont Dr NE
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Crookston:
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2 pm
Crookston Inn & Convention Center, Ballrooms 1 & 2
2200 University Ave.
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St. Cloud:
Friday, Jan. 9, 2 pm
St. Cloud Rivers Edge Convention Center
Herberger Suite
10 4th Ave S, St. Cloud
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Depending on the hearing, speakers will include representatives from:
• MN350
• Honor The Earth
• Friends of the Headwaters
• Carlton County Land Stewards
• Big Sandy Lake Association
• Sierra Club North Star Chapter
• Izaak Walton League of America-Minnesota Division
Background:
Landowners, tribal members, and concerned citizens plan to testify against the proposed $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline project at public hearings January 5-9.
“Enbridge’s plan to move crude oil across northern Minnesota is all risk and no reward for the state. Millions of gallons of oil have already been spilled here. We have borne our share of risk,” said Kathy Hollander with MN350, a grassroots climate advocacy group. The public hearings will be hosted in St. Paul, Duluth, Bemidji, Crookston, and St. Cloud by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The PUC is considering whether to approve the pipeline which would carry fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken fields across the Mississippi headwaters and through Minnesota’s lake country to Superior, Wisconsin. Concerned citizens will attend en masse to send a message to the PUC and Enbridge.
“Over the last ten years, Minnesota’s dependence on fossil fuels has been on the decline and the relations with the Indigenous communities has also improved,” said Michael Dahl, a community organizer with Honor The Earth and White Earth Anishinaabe. “We have maintained our place as one that promotes a concern for the preservation of natural resources and the economics of tourism. At any given time, one spill would undo all the progress that has been made and would put all these resources in jeopardy.” Added Dahl, “The Sandpiper pipeline would be a dangerous step backward for our state, and the PUC must not approve the permits. Putting a stop to the Sandpiper project would contribute to long term economic stability, set a positive example in the understanding of Indigenous treaties and laws, and nurture natural and personal relations of all within our state.”
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