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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The SEEKJOY CommunityWinter. Is. Here.
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“Expect Resistance” – NVDA during PUC’s Final Day of Deliberation

A direct action kicked off in the early morning of the State of Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission’s 5th day of deliberation regarding approval of the Enbridge Energy Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project.

The message, “Expect Resistance”, was displayed loud and clear as news agencies continued to arrive and document over the course of the 3-hour action which shut down 7th. Place East in Downtown St. Paul.

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The SEEKJOY Community“Expect Resistance” – NVDA during PUC’s Final Day of Deliberation
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Portage to the PUC

The SEEKJOY Community collaborated on an event to raise awareness about the final four dates of questioning and deliberation by the Public Utilities Commission to determine whether the Line 3 Replacement Pipeline Project should be approved or denied.

The action, “Portage to the PUC” involved participants setting boats in the water at Harriet Island, paddling across the Mississippi River to the concrete landing where Sibley Street meets the river from the downtown side and portaging the canoes with banners & signs to the Metro Square building where the PUC offices are located.

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The SEEKJOY CommunityPortage to the PUC
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Wind Turbine Install near Line 3 Pipeline Route

We were invited up to Pure Bliss Ranch as part of Earth Rhythms 2018, a 3-day Music and Arts Festival north of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota on the White Earth Reservation.

We arrived early yesterday morning before the Pre-Party (June 7th, 2018) and immediately began documenting the install of a 10Kw wind turbine which will offset energy on the ranch used to power this and future events.

Below is the video which has been posted on facebook here:

 

A photo gallery of the install can be found here on facebook and in higher resolution on the SEEKJOY Community’s Smugmug Portal

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The SEEKJOY CommunityWind Turbine Install near Line 3 Pipeline Route
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(Full Video Recap) MN PPC Interfaith Response ~ No Line 3!

The Minnesota Poor People’s Campaign and Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light collaborated on bringing over 500 faith leaders from Minnesota and the surrounding region together to sign a letter of opposition to the Line 3 Replacement Pipeline Project.

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The SEEKJOY Community(Full Video Recap) MN PPC Interfaith Response ~ No Line 3!
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MNPPC: An Interfaith Response ~ No Line 3! Photo Recap

As part of Minnesota’s Poor People’s Campaign over 500 faith leaders from Minnesota and the surrounding area signed a letter opposing the Line 3 Replacement Pipeline Project and delivered it to MN. Gov. Mark Dayton & the Public Utilities Commission.

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The SEEKJOY CommunityMNPPC: An Interfaith Response ~ No Line 3! Photo Recap

Flying over the Current & Proposed Line 3 Pipeline Route

We had a chance to connect with Bill Paulson, Community Leader at Camp Turtle Island-MikinaakMinis Genawendang Nibi Endazhi-gabeshing outside the White Earth Reservation, as part of a flyover documenting the current and proposed routes for the Line 3 Tar Sands Oil Replacement Project in North/Central Minnesota.

Paulson has been engaged with the resistance effort to oppose the Line 3 Replacement Project for years and is an expert witness with the parties intervening against the proposal. A video of the flyover has been put together and is available below, on the #StopLine3 SCI page as well as via facebook.

 

 

All footage captured during the flyover will be released into the public domain for anybody to use – if you are interested in using the footage stay tuned for the link in a future post.

Facebook Video Link: https://www.facebook.com/SEEKJOYco/videos/964987790351229/
Wistia Video Link: https://seekjoy.wistia.com/medias/r361ldnmiw

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The SEEKJOY CommunityFlying over the Current & Proposed Line 3 Pipeline Route
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Final Line 3 Replacement Project PUC Meeting Dates

The Line 3 Replacement Pipeline Project has been undergoing regulatory review in the State of Minnesota for over 3 years and the final verdict will most likely be announced in the final days of June, 2018 after four days of public meetings & deliberation by the PUC.

The meetings will take place in the Large Hearing Room in the Public Utilities Commission building in Downtown St. Paul at 121 7th Place East, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN, 55101.

Meeting Dates:

  • Monday, June 18th, 2018 9:30am
  • Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 9:30am
  • Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 9:30am
  • Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 9:30am

The first two meetings will include final arguments from both sides of the issue and allow for PUC Judges to ask questions. The final two days are scheduled to allow the PUC Judges to deliberate about the decision as they are only (technically) allowed to discuss whether to approve or deny the permits in a public space. All four meetings will be live-streamed via the PUC and we will be working to make sure that feed is accessible via the #StopLine3 SCI Page.

Although all of the “science” has already been submitted to the PUC for review, there is still a massive need to have the public attend these hearings on each day. We will be working to support MN350’s efforts to promote attendance and organizing several ways the public can get involved with raising awareness leading up to, and during, these PUC Meetings.

Some additional links are available here:

PUC Line 3 Meeting Overview Publication: https://www.edockets.state.mn.us/EFiling/edockets/searchDocuments.do?method=showPoup&documentId={F0786563-0000-C411-9E8C-A8A8DD9C5555}&documentTitle=20185-143059-01

PUC Calendar: https://mn.gov/puc/newsroom/calendar

 

 

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The SEEKJOY CommunityFinal Line 3 Replacement Project PUC Meeting Dates

Video Recap: Block (Line 3) Party at the PUC!

 

 

We’ve posted a video recap of the 2-day Block (Line 3) Party at the Public Utilities Commission in Downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. The video has additionally been posted to our Facebook Page and is available by clicking HERE. A link to this video via our Wistia hosting channel has been pasted at the bottom of this post!

 

We wanted to extended a HUGE thank you to everyone that came down the event and the organizers: MN350: Building a Climate Movement in Minnesota, Honor the Earth, Sierra Club North Star Chapter and the Power Shift Network. Screen-printing on Day 1 was provided by Wake ‘Em Up Productions. Photos & a write-up of the event were posted yesterday via the Media Stream in THIS POST.

The video was captured and produced by Eoin M. Small and has been distributed via the SEEKJOY Community Network. If you would like to use the video for your own purposes just let us know and we’ll help make it happen!

Raw footage and photos captured from the event were provided free to the organizers as part of the #SYLFFIRE SCI (#SYLFFIRE = Support Your Local Fossil Fuel Industry Resistance Effort). If you feel inclined to support our continued work as part of #SYLFFIRE and #STOPLINE3 feel free to explore the Support Page in our Community Marketplace. Sending love!

Wistia Video URL: https://seekjoy.wistia.com/medias/nnreonbal4
Facebook Video URL: https://www.facebook.com/SEEKJOYco/videos/962192880630720/

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The SEEKJOY CommunityVideo Recap: Block (Line 3) Party at the PUC!