Regulatory Capture at MN’s PUC: An Interview with Willis Mattison

 

Minnesota’s Office of the Legislative Auditor has opened an investigation into the Public Utilities Commission Public Engagement Process and held the first public hearing May 31st at 10:00 AM to establish the scope of their investigation.

 

In this video interview outside of the State Office Building, Willis Mattison provides a bit more information about the OLA’s investigation and describes how the PUC is an agency that demonstrated the concept of ‘Regulatory Capture’ in its proceedings on Line 3.

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Video: Into the Sugar Bush (Part 2)

In this second video of the series, “Into the Sugar Bush (Part 2)” we return to Bill Paulson’s Sugar Camp on the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota as the first rounds of taps are emptied & the boil begins.

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Video: Into the Sugar Bush (Part 1)

In Part 1 of “Into the Sugar Bush” Bill Paulson walks us through the Anishinaabe cultural way of setting taps in the Maple trees on the White Earth Reservation in Northwestern Minnesota.

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Into the Sugar Bush!

We recently had the honor of joining Bill Paulson of Camp Turtle Island on the White Earth Reservation to harvest sap from the Maple Syrup trees, a central component of the Spring season which, according to Paulson, is the “New Year” for the Anishinaabe People.

The gathering of Maple Syrup is one of many the many rights protected by treaties between the Anishinaabe and the United States Government. We’ll be uploading some video we captured of Paulson speaking on this topic in the next day or two – check back in a bit!

We’ve posted photos from our day in the Sugar Bush to facebook and non-watermarked, higher resolution images to our smugmug (links below).

Photo Gallery Links

Facebook Photo Gallery (Watermarked): https://www.facebook.com/pg/SEEKJOYco/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1227006644149341

Smugmug Gallery (High Res): https://seekjoy.smugmug.com/Event/White-Earth-Sugar-Bush-with-Bill-Paulson

Happy New Year – Sending Love from SEEKJOY Camp!

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URGENT: Contact Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov Flanagan! DOC Appeal of Line 3 Must Continue!

 

URGENT!!! Appeals of the PUC’s conditional approval of Line 3 have been DISMISSED and now it’s up to Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan to instruct their new Department of Commerce to re-file a “Petition for Reconsideration” of the FINAL PUC order approving the “Replacement” project before the February 12th, 2019 deadline.

 

If the DOC does not re-file

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#4Necessity Valve Turners Action & Arraignment Recap

 

In the late morning of Monday, February 4th, 2019 four Catholic Workers participated in a non-violent direct action (NVDA) which forced the shutdown of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 & 4 pipelines in Northern Minnesota.

The four activists, acting as the group “Four Necessity” are Brenna Cussen Anglada, Michele Naar-Obed, Daniel Yildirim and Allyson Polman. The action was live-streamed via Facebook on the Four Necessity Facebook Page until local law enforcement demanded the phone be turned off prior to being taken into custody.

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NO PERMITS // NO PIPES (#StopLine3 Action Recap)

The day before Minnesota’s Department of Commerce announced their filing of an appeal of the Public Utilities Commission’s Certificate of Need Permit for the Enbridge Energy Line 3 “Replacement” Pipeline, about a hundred two-leggeds gathered just south of Duluth Minnesota to expose a hidden pipeyard where Enbridge is storing a massive pile of pipeline sections to be used in construction of the Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project.

 

 

The action was organized by the Ginew Collective and supported by MN350, who chartered a bus from the Twin Cities in solidarity with the indigenous-led action. After a handful of beautiful speeches in front of a large banner that read, “NO PERMITS NO PIPES” the Carlton County Sherriff’s Department called for the group to disperse.

This extended video recap is available on our facebook page as well as on the video playlist as part of the #StopLine3 initiative page on this site.

 

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Camp Turtle Island hosts a “Day of Resistance”

Camp Turtle Island, an Anishinaabe Cultural Camp inside the White Earth Nation, held a beautiful “Day of Resistance” Saturday, July 21st featuring live music from Sarah Cav-Cedars and Annie Humphrey as well as others who joined in throughout the afternoon during the open mic!

SEEKJOY helped assemble

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