Line 3 moves Minnesota backward on climate

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On Thursday, November 12, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency approved a major water crossing permit to Enbridge Energy, giving the Line 3 pipeline project approval to move forward.

Despite years of statewide and national opposition to this project, it has made its way through decision-making agencies, each relinquishing responsibility for Minnesota’s future — with the exception of the Department of Commerce, where a legal appeal on the necessity of this project is pending. The pipeline would transport more than 760,000 barrels of tar sands oil a day through Treaty lands, crossing more than 200 lakes and rivers, endangering freshwater resources, wild rice beds, the safety of our communities, and the stability of our climate.

Climate Generation joined partners in opposing this decision in an op-ed published earlier this week. Since its proposal, Line 3 has become increasingly obsolete before it is even built.

“This decision disregards climate science and does not take environmental justice into account,” says Nicole Rom, Executive Director, Climate Generation. “Expanding Line 3 would bring the equivalent of 50 new coal-fired power plants and effectively cancel out any progress made on emissions reductions under the goals set in our state’s Next Generation Energy Act.”

We are emboldened and inspired by partners, tribal leaders, and youth activists who continue to lead a fierce movement against the Line 3 pipeline based in climate science and community care. We were proud to support bringing over 80 national USCAN partners together to speak against Line 3 with Governor Walz’s staff last year alongside frontline partners, hearing stories from communities across the nation who have suffered from fossil fuel infrastructure.

“Amidst the Dept. of Commerce project appeal and the Minnesota Attorney General suing big oil for consumer fraud denying the impact of fossil fuels on climate change, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are greenlighting this fossil fuel project that promises to endanger everything their agencies are tasked to protect,” says Sarah Goodspeed, Sr. Youth and Policy Manager, Climate Generation. “This decision ignores everything they have heard from frontline communities about the violence and destruction that comes hand in hand, the Treaty rights thrown aside, and condemns our youth leaders to another generation of fossil fuel infrastructure that they do not want.”

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