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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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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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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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“PUC Adds Conditions to Enbridge’s Line 3 Approval, But Only Those Acceptable to Enbridge” – Healing MN Stories

Scott Russell with Healing MN Stories comments on the criteria for the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Pipeline Project’s approval via the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

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The SEEKJOY Community“PUC Adds Conditions to Enbridge’s Line 3 Approval, But Only Those Acceptable to Enbridge” – Healing MN Stories
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Trump Rally Resistance in Duluth Minnesota

Some two-leggeds from the SEEKJOY community traveled North on Wednesday to hold space during President Trump’s visit to Duluth, Minnesota and after spending some time driving around in front of the Amsoil Arena ended up parked by a group of humans gathered at Lake & Superior holding a variety of signage in opposition to the Trump Administration.

We’ve uploaded photos on Facebook in a gallery (Click for FB Photo Gallery) as well as to our Smugmug Portal in higher resolution (SmugMug Gallery Here)

Video recap coming soon – sending love!

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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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MN Gov. Mark Dayton Vetoes “Guilty by Association” Bill

The Republican controlled Minnesota Senate passed SF 3463 on May 22, 2018 at the close of the 90th Legislative session. SF 3463, which became known as the “Guilty by Association” bill, was designed to preemptively increase penalties for “water protectors” before the Line 3 Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Replacement Project becomes a stage for a similar public response as what happened at “Standing Rock” in North Dakota with the Dakota Access Pipeline Project.

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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