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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The SEEKJOY CommunityRegulatory Capture at MN’s PUC: An Interview with Willis Mattison
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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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Conversation at Save the BWCA Rally | MN State Capitol

 

In the early afternoon of Wednesday, May 22, a group rallied at the Minnesota State Capitol in support of the protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area from extractive industry exploitation.

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The SEEKJOY CommunityConversation at Save the BWCA Rally | MN State Capitol
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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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The SEEKJOY CommunityVideo: Into the Sugar Bush (Part 1)

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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The SEEKJOY CommunityURGENT: Contact Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov Flanagan! DOC Appeal of Line 3 Must Continue!
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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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The SEEKJOY CommunityNO PERMITS // NO PIPES (#StopLine3 Action Recap)

Winter. Is. Here.

It’s October 11th, 2018 and snow has fallen on the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota.

If you haven’t heard about the Enbridge Energy Proposed “Line 3 Pipeline” we’re encouraging you to get up to speed. Long story short, we as Minnesotans, Midwesterners & Mississippi River’ers have the choice to let a Tar Sands Oil Pipeline cross our headwaters or not. This pipeline is a 50-year investment in wrong direction.

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Line 4 & 67 “Valve-Turners” Post-Trial Press Conference following Acquittal (Full Video)

On October 11th, 2016, three climate justice activists engaged in an act of Civil Disobedience by forcing the shutdown of Enbridge Energy’s Line 4 and 67 pipelines in Clearwater County, MN.

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The SEEKJOY CommunityLine 4 & 67 “Valve-Turners” Post-Trial Press Conference following Acquittal (Full Video)