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Line 3 2nd Revised FEIS Hearing at the PUC

Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission held hearings at the MN Senate Building in Downtown St. Paul regarding the 2nd Revised Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Line 3 Replacement Project.

The Commission heard comments directly from the public on Friday, Jan. 31st and statements from the Official Parties involved with the Proceedings on Monday, Feb. 3. As part of the agenda, the PUC had to determine whether the FEIS was now adequate having factored in a potential oil spill in the Lake Superior Watershed and then, based on whether or not the updated spill modeling was “adequate” they had to determine whether to re-issue the Certificate of Need and Route Permit for the project.

Although the Commission ultimately voted three-to-one to approve all three of the agenda items, unlike the 2018 summer decision the outcome was not unanimous. Commissioner Schuerger, who was appointed by Governor Dayton in 2016 to the PUC, dissented against all three items and voted against the motions of the floor.

We documented the hearings and compiled a recap with reactions from several of the environmental groups responding to the decision, including Andy Pearson with MN350, Winona LaDuke with Honor the Earth, Scott Strand representing Friends of the Headwaters, Akilah Sanders-Reed & Brent Murcia with the Youth Climate Intervenors and others involved either with the official proceedings or in supporting groups.

 

To view & share this extended recap video via the SEEKJOY Facebook Page, click here!

We also compiled this graphic below of part of the statement made by Commissioner Schuerger in his dissent against the approval of the Environmental Impact Statement. To view the image post on our Facebook page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/SEEKJOYco/photos/a.444838142366199/1487722568077746

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Chase Bank Saint Paul Shut Down on Opening Day with Die-In and Rally

JPMorgan Chase opened a new branch in St. Paul, MN, on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 and just minutes after doors opened to the public at 9:00am, the first locals arrived. These first few locals, however, were not arriving to open up new bank accounts. In fact, they were there to do just the opposite.

Within minutes of the new Chase location opening in St. Paul, banking associates were greeted by around 20 humans staging a “die-in”, laying on the floor as if dead, filling the entire lobby area. Any members of the broader public would have had to walk across the seemingly deceased humans in order to meet with a banker.

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The SEEKJOY CommunityChase Bank Saint Paul Shut Down on Opening Day with Die-In and Rally
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BooLine3

Halloween is a day for all things scary. Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Pipeline Project, however, is a whole other level of scary.

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins might make you jump for a moment, but then you realize they’re not actually real. Climate Change, however, IS real.

We are permanently altering the entire global ecosystem, a system that for millions of years has evolved to allow us two-leggeds the means of eating nutritious food, drinking clean water, and passing along a world to our children that allows them to do the same.

As Minnesotans, we have a choice.

We can say, “Enough is Enough” and tell our State leadership that we, united, want to make a global difference in the Climate Crisis and deny Enbridge, a Canadian Corporation, permission to build a Tar Sands Oil Pipeline across our beautiful North woods and the headwaters of the Mississippi River.

The time is not to take bold, decisive action to make the thought of humanity’s future a little less scary than it currently is.

Please join the growing movement to #StopLine3.

Oh, and Happy Halloween from SEEKJOY Camp 🙂

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MN PUC Hearing on Adequacy of Line 3 EIS

 

Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission held a procedural hearing this past Tuesday to determine the course of action which should be taken regarding the June 3rd, 2019 appeals court ruling that the Environmental Impact Statement conducted for Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project did not adequately address a potential spill in the Lake Superior Watershed.

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Join us at the Lake! Gichi-Gami Gathering to Stop Line 3

 

The SEEKJOY Community invites you to the shores of Lake Superior for a beautiful day focused on stopping the Line 3 Tar Sand Oil Pipeline Replacement Project!

On June 3rd, 2019, Minnesota’s Appeals Court ruled that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) used as part of Line 3’s Route & Certificate of Need permitting process did not adequately address the impacts of a potential spill in the Lake Superior Watershed.

Line 3’s current and proposed route sits directly inside the Lake Superior Basin and any spill in this area would be catastrophic.

Join us at the Gichi-Gami Gathering to Stop Line 3 this Saturday, September 28th, 2019 on the shores of Lake Superior (Gichigami) to show that we, as Minnesotans, value our pristine North Shore.

For those traveling from the Twin Cities, there are several busses being chartered and you can jump on one for a sliding scale of $0 to $40. Bus Registration and Info available by Clicking Here.

We’ll see you at the Lake!

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/864727973920369/

RSVP to attend the Event By Clicking Here: https://www.gichi-gami-gathering.com/rsvp

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The SEEKJOY CommunityJoin us at the Lake! Gichi-Gami Gathering to Stop Line 3
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“The Time is Now” Bus Painting during St. Paul Youth Climate Strikes

On Friday, September 20th, 2019 upwards 5,000 students marched on the Saint Paul Capitol in Minnesota as part of the international Youth Climate Strikes calling for immediate action to address the Climate Crisis.

The Youth Climate Strike’s organizing website, StrikeWithUs.org, identifies a list of demands being called for by young people around the world. Under the first demand for a “Green New Deal” is the call for “a halt to all leasing and permitting for fossil fuel extraction, processing and infrastructure projects immediately.”

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The SEEKJOY Community“The Time is Now” Bus Painting during St. Paul Youth Climate Strikes
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Northern Metal Community Intervention – A Local’s Perspective

The Northern Metal Recycling facility along the Mississippi in North Minneapolis, Minnesota, has burdened local residents for years with toxic pollution. Although the facility’s shredder was scheduled to cease operations by August 1st, 2019, it will continue to operate due to an extension provided by the Ramsey County District Court.

 

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“Painting of the Bus” with Dio Cramer

Art seems to allow us humans to communicate “across the isle” and create space for conversations that might otherwise be difficult or, dare we say, impossible.

 

About a month ago, we began reaching out through various networks in the Twin Cities of Minnesota for an artist (or, artists) that might be interested in collaborating on a “Painting of the Bus” project to enhance the way the #StopLine3 ‘skoolie’ interacts within the community.

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The SEEKJOY Community“Painting of the Bus” with Dio Cramer
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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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The SEEKJOY CommunityVideo: Into the Sugar Bush (Part 2)
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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)