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Makwa Initiative against Enbridge's Line 3 Replacement Project, USA


Description:

"The Makwa Initiative stands to protect the sacred land and rice lakes of the Anishinaabe people" [1.1] against Enbridge's Line 3 Replacement Project (L3RP), a $7.5 billion project to add 1,031 miles (1,660 km) of new pipeline that will expand existing capacity to carry diluted bitumen and other crude oil from Alberta's Tar Sands to 760,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 390,000 bpd. Enbridge's plans for the existing Line 3, which has "experienced an accelerated rate of deterioration" indicated by an unusually large number of identified "anomalies" that threaten the integrity of the pipeline, is to leave it in the ground. The deterioration of the pipeline has required Enbridge to operate at a low pressure with high maintenance costs [4, 8]. Due to the adhesive nature of diluted bitumen, a spill in hydrological areas is especially devastating and effective clean up methods don't exist [17]. Both the existing Line 3 and the proposed new Line 3 threaten "pristine aquatic ecosystems, the largest wild rice bed in the world, the headwaters of the Mississippi River, and and the Great Lake Superior" [4.2].

The project also disproportionately impacts the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) by "endangering primary areas of hunting, fishing, wild rice, and cultural resources in the 1855, 1854, and 1842 treaty territories", thereby threatening "the culture, way of life, and physical survival of the Ojibwe people" [4.2]. The Makwa Initiative is one of three Anishinaabe-led frontline resistance camps attempting to stop the Line 3 Replacement Project, along with the active  legal opposition of White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Red Lake Band of Ojibwe, and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The project is currently waiting on obtaining a Certificate of Need and Route Permit from Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The PUC is set to make a decision on June 20th 2018, after which construction in Minnesota could begin if the project is approved. An overconfident Enbridge has already started  construction on the new Line 3 in Wisconsin and in Canada, and they are already storing pipe in Minnesota despite the uncertainty of the regulatory process.

Anishinaabe opponents of the Line 3 project set up a frontline camp in February 2017 on private land on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation in so-called northern Minnesota. The camp, named Camp Makwa, was established in response to the premature construction of the new pipeline, which was under way in Canada and Wisconsin [2]. The camp established in the spirit of past and ongoing indigenous-led land occupations that seek to simultaneously block the development of fossil fuel infrastructure and revive traditional cultural and governance practices. More succinctly, it is "a space for people to come together, to practice and protect our treaty rights and make sure that Line 3 does not get constructed" [1.1].

The name of the camp - 'Makwa' - means bear in Anishinaabe [1.1]. Members of the initiative provide the  origin story for this name:

"We were driving down the road and came across a bear lying on the shoulder. Its fur was matted with blood, guts hanging out on the gravel, with a long split gaping down its side. It had clearly been hit by a large vehicle. Less than a mile away we happened upon a construction site. We stopped and watched as huge machines cut down trees, slashed at the soil, and with engines roaring, spitting exhaust, dug a long gash in the side of mother earth. One of the workers told us they were digging the easement for the Line 3 Replacement Pipeline.... We started this project to honor the bear we found killed by a pipeline truck on the side of the highway. We want to make sure no more have to be killed for this project" [1.1].

The initiative is leading a multi-dimensional campaign based on non-violent direct action (NVDA) to halt construction of the new Line 3, which is occurring on the Wisconsin and North Dakota sides of the state borders. Water protectors commonly perform a 'lockdown', which refers to various techniques used to render a person physically immovable. Water protectors typically do this by attaching and locking themselves to construction equipment, pipeline sections, cars, objects (typically barrels or PVC piping), doors, and other strategic locations. For example, activists chained themselves to the doors of a nearby Wells Fargo, which provides necessary financial support to Enbridge [1.2, January 12].  By doing so, activists disrupt the activities, business, and operations of the target, thereby increasing the costs of its involvement in the project. By locking down to construction equipment, activists intend to delay or even halt construction, which raises costs for the corporation and attracts media attention to the project and the resistance [1.3 ].

Makwa Initiative members (many of them Anishinaabe) locked themselves to cars outside Enbridge's construction site access points near Superior, Wisconsin [1.3, September 17th, 20th 2017], inside the last stretch of pipe installed in the Wisconsin stretch [1.3, November 8th,15th], and on welding equipment and an excavator at the last construction site in Wisconsin  [1.3, November 15th, 2017]. Additionally, members of the Duluth Catholic Workers staged an occupation of the Enbridge office in Duluth in solidarity with the Initiative (though a lockdown was not performed) [1.3, December 8th, 2017].

The initiative also complements direct action tactics meant to slow and halt the pace of construction with engagement in the regulatory process, court system, and other formal avenues. For example, the Initiative supports a January 2018 Joint Tribal Petition filed on behalf of 5 Anishinaabe bands that challenges the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission's (PUC) recent controversial decision to exclude the cultural resources survey from the state's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) [1.2 January 5th, 4.4 January 4th, 5, 6]. The Joint Tribal Petition requests three things from the PUC, with all work funded by Enbridge: postpone approval of the EIS until a full cultural resources survey is completed along the entire proposed route and all route alternatives, add within the EIS an analysis of potential cumulative impacts to treaty resources, and establish a cooperative structure for performing this work that includes state agencies and all stakeholder tribes [4.4 January 4th, 2018, 5]. In support of this petition, the Initiative will be participating in a rally and 'pack the room event' hosted by MN350 at the relevant PUC meeting  [4.1]. According to a press release from the Initiative, its members "know that occupying space is as much about power and voice as it is about speaking into a microphone, and it is vital that the public has a claim to where testimony is heard" [1.3, October 21st, 2017].

Other forms of mobilization include the use of rallies and marches that feature speakers and song and dance. A march called 'Hold the Line' was held in Saint Paul, with a rally held on the steps of the state capitol building [1.3, September 28th, 2017]. A rally was later held at an Enbridge pipeline storage yard in Minnesota (where pipe for the new Line 3 is being stored), despite the illegality of Enbrige's required permits for pipe storage which were applied for and issued before the project's environmental review was completed  [7, 1.3 December 11th and 24th, 2017]. In other words Enbridge has already purchased the pipe for the Minnesota section and is storing much of it in the state despite the uncertain outcome of the regulatory process. According to a speaker from the Initiative, "We have to hold [Enbridge] accountable. That's what we're here to do, we're here to show the state of Minnesota that these pipes are already here. That Enbridge doesn't care about the process. It doesn't care about public engagement" [1.3, December 11th, 2017].

Members of the initiative also attended public hearings for Line 3 in Duluth, Crosslake, Hinckley, East Lake, and others [1.3]. For the public hearing in Duluth, the Initiative held a march to the hearing building. An uploaded video shows dozens of water protectors marching through Duluth, with the prominent banner reading "Stay the hell out of [outline of the state of Minnesota], stop line 3!" [1.3, October 18th, 2017]. The hearing room and building is filled with mainly white people wearing green shirts or stickers in support of Line 3; the Initiative claims in a press release that many are Enbridge workers who are payed to attend the hearing and that the company provides talking points and pre-written speeches [1.3, October 21st 2017]. The parking lot is occupied by large trucks carrying pipes and construction equipment, effectively limiting the space available for public parking [1.3, October 18th, 2017]. A second video of the Duluth public hearing shows water protectors attempting to speak after hours of waiting outside the hearing room due to full capacity; however, the presiding judge tells a native woman to be quiet because she already spoke [1.3, October 21st, 2017]. The water protectors express doubt that the white judge is able to accurately memorize the face of everyone that already spoke. After threatening to remove the water protectors if they don't sit down, they begin to chant "shut it down!" and the drumming and singing restarts, effectively ending the public hearing, which was clearly not designed to receive testimony from the mainly Anishinaabeg group of water protectors.

The Initiative summarizes the exclusion water protectors faced throughout their engagement in the regulatory process: "We went to the public hearings and found them full to the brim with Enbridge employees who were paid to be there. We fought again and again just to have 3 minutes to speak. Now we watch as truck after truck come into our communities carrying pipes and out of state pipeline workers. We made our comments, but they didn’t listen" [1.3, November 15th, 2017] ... "Our experience both in Duluth and at prior hearings has been that the hearing process is unfairly claimed and dominated by pro-pipeline interests" [1.3, November 21st, 2017].

This exclusion is corroborated in the resignation letter of the DOC's Tribal Liaison Officer, Danielle Oxendine Molliver, who resigned in 2017 primarily due to "the failure of the State of Minnesota to fulfill its obligations of good faith and fair dealing with the tribes in connection with the Line 3 Project" [11]. As Molliver continues, "[t]he Department of Commerce has not fulfilled its public duty to act in a fair, genuine, professional, respectful, or transparent manner as required. Consistent with my liaison duties to advise management, I have provided expertise and attempted to work with Commerce to address these concerns. However, Commerce has not shown a willingness to address them" [11]. Indeed, according to the January Joint Tribal Petition concerning the cultural resources survey, the state's historic- properties work on the project "has been so inadequate that it could be used as a 'what not to do' example in future guidance" [5 p.1].

It is necessary to emphasize that cumulative impacts on indigenous peoples and communities "are a combination of pre-existing stressors (existing conditions or co-risk factors) and any other contamination or new activity that affects environmental quality. Characterizing risks or impacts ... entails telling the cumulative story about risks to [treaty] resources and a culture way of life" [15, p.1]. The cumulative impacts of the Line 3 Replacement Project are substantial, and to the Anishinaabeg, a matter of survival. The Line 3 Replacement Project "violate[s] the treaty rights of the Anishinaabeg by endangering critical natural resources in the 1854, 1855, and 1867 treaty areas" [4.2]. The project "threaten[s] the culture, way of life, and physical survival of the Ojibwe people. Where there is wild rice, there are Anishinaabeg, and where there are Anishinaabeg, there is wild rice. It is our sacred food. Without it we will die. It’s that simple." [4.2].

Disproportionate impact on Anishinaabe tribes, bands, and individuals is recognized in the Minnesota's EIS and the Anishinaabeg Cumulative Impact Statement [9,3]. However, in response to numerous shortcomings of Minnesota's EIS, the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT) (which includeseew the Fond du Lac and White Earth Bands among others) in collaboration with Honor the Earth conducted an alternative impact statement called the Anishinaabeg Cumulative Impact Statement [3]. The Statement integrates Indigenous science and traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), the absence of which "leads to the approval of projects that continue the legacy of colonization and genocide experienced by Indigenous Peoples (IP)" [3.1 pg. 1]. The stated purpose of the document "is to explain and illustrate interspecies equity, intergenerational equity, the value of non-economic principles, cultural and spiritual knowledge, and full-cost accounting for Euro-western regulators and non-native allies" [3.1 p. 4]. By consulting both Tribal and non-native experts, the statement addresses numerous shortcomings of  Minnesota's FEIS and related laws, regulations, and policies, which are not designed to assess cumulative impacts; including the impacts of oil sand development on Anishinaabe and other First Nations north of the border, 'uppipe' and 'downpipe' impacts, impacts to future generations, impacts to communities located near refineries, impacts exacerbated by historical trauma, and more [3.1]. Rather than considering each impact in isolation, all impacts in the Anishinaabe Statement are "understood in the context of the Anishinaabe responsibility to land and relations and the impact of the historical trauma the Anishinaabe people have faced" [3.1 p. 9]. The creation of the Statement is described as a "bold and courageous assertion of self-determination" [4.5]. A full accounting of all cumulative impacts are outside the scope of this entry. Please see Chapter 5 of the Anishinaabeg Cumulative Impact Statement for an in-depth analysis and discussion [3.6].

The Statement documents the numerous historical traumas the Anishinaabeg have experienced over the past few centuries and the ecological destruction they have already witnessed. "Since the signing of the treaties of 1837, 1854, 1855 and 1867 there has been significant loss of Tribal Cultural Properties due to state management practices and decisions made which caused significant impact to Anishinaabeg communities. This assessment understands this loss as theft" [3.6, p.1]. However, the Statement shows that despite this "significant loss of traditional cultural properties... there is much that has been retained" [3.7]. Most significant is "the concentration of high-quality lakes, rivers, and streams in the heart of the 1855 treaty area" which "contains a high number of manoomin [wild rice] waterbodies, historic manoomin camps, and is crisscrossed by historic trade and migration routes" [3.7]. The "indirect and cumulative effect of [losing this area], in addition to direct impact of pipeline construction, operation and potential release, would have a significant and adverse economic, social, medicinal and religious impact on the Band members, other tribal communities and low-income communities" [3.7]. These impacts are an existential threat to Anishinaabe culture: "[f]or a people whose identity is intimately tied to their relationship with the land, the loss of that intimacy can leave people without an identity, or a sense of self/community" [3.7].

The Anishinaabeg Statement extensively documents a myriad of historical and current stressors that place Indigenous Peoples in general, and the Anishinaabeg in particular, at a high health risk [3.6]. The Amherst Wilder Foundation's study on health disparity in Minnesota found that "social and economic conditions and structural racism contribute significantly to the relatively poor health outcomes of the American Indian population in Minnesota" [3.6]. A Minnesota Department of Health report also emphasized structural racism as a key contributor to health inequalities. Research has found that classic social determinants of health "do not sufficiently explain the high rates of poor health and mental health, particularly with respect to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression" among indigenous peoples, which has prompted indigenous scholars to examine "how historical and societal determinants of health, particularly the role of place-based historically traumatic events (e.g., forced relocation and land loss), environmental microaggressions (discrimination distress based on land desecration), and disproportionate exposures to high rates of lifetime trauma, not only are hazards to contemporary IP health but may also persist for generations." [3.6, p. 77].

The multitude of traumatic experiences further include "boarding schools, federal relocation programs, termination programs, repression of religious institutions, theft of significant cultural items and patrimony, [and] increased morbidity rates from American induced chemicals and diseases" [3.6, p. 84]. The Statement reviews recent research in historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, and epigenetics that show the impact of these events may persist for some individuals and families over generations [3.6, p. 83-84, 12, 13].  One study reviews the "amassing of evidence at the cellular level that powerful stressful environmental conditions can leave an imprint or "mark" on the epigenome of cellular genetic material that can be carried into future generations with devastating consequences" [12, p. 176]. Noting that Anishinaabeg communities, in particular Rice Lake and East Lake are already "under stresses of socio-economic conditions creating conditions of higher health risks", tribal members reported that the new Line 3 project will increase stress [3.7]. This stress causes additional psychological and physical health issues [3.7]. In addition to existing health and socioeconomic deficits, indigenous peoples on Turtle Island also face deficits in nutrition, access to jobs, education quality, physical and informational infrastructure quality, human rights protection; linguistic, cultural, and natural resource protection, and more [15, p.2].

Previous studies on oil spills and affected indigenous communities have found that traditional practices decrease due to perceived contamination [see 3.6, p. 86]. Due to the type of crude oil being transported by Line 3, an oil spill would be especially devastating in the water rich region.  Line 3 will transport 'dilbit' (diluted bitumen) in addition to other types of heavy (and light) crude oil. Because of the dense, viscous, and adhesive nature of dilbit, it must be pumped at higher temperatures and pressures than conventional crude oil. This immobile heavy oil is mixed with chemical diluents that allow the oil to flow [17]. These properties affect how dilbit interacts with the environment in the case of a spill. While conventional oil will begin to evaporate promptly after exposure, dilbit begins to revert to a high density and adhesive state [17]. According to a recently released National Academy of Sciences report, due to dilbit's tendency to form a residue, "spills of diluted bitumen pose particular challenges when they reach water bodies. In some cases, the residues can submerge or sink to the bottom of the water body" [17, p. 3]. Furthermore, the report states that there are "few effective techniques for detection, containment, and recovery of oil that is submerged in the water column and ... available techniques for responding to oil that has sunk to the bottom have variable effectiveness depending on the spill conditions." [17, p. 4].

According to the US Department of Transportation, which used data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Association, an average pipeline has a 57% chance of a major spill in a 10-year period  [25]. Using that same data, the U.S. State Department found that Enbridge's annual spill rates are higher than the industry average [3.6]. Enbridge's Line 3 is responsible for the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history. In 1991, the pipeline leaked 1.7 million gallons of oil near Grand Rapids, Minnesota [26]. Enbridge's Line 6B also spilled 843,000 gallons of diluted bitumen into the Kalamazoo River in 2010, a spill that has yet to be cleaned up. In December 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Kalamazoo River superfund site has been targeted for immediate and intense action.

It is worth emphasizing that while a diluted bitumen spill would likely devastate the region, the impacts of standard pipeline construction, operation, and maintenance on manoomin [wild rice] waterbodies and beds and historic trade and migration routes are substantial. Construction of the new Line 3 requires the clearing of 1,500 forested acres, guaranteeing "short-term and long-term impacts to wildlife from soil runoff, introduction of invasive species, and habitat loss" [3.6, p. 10]. "[P]ipeline impacted forest areas  take over 100 years to return to pre-construction states", and wetland areas may never return to this state if there is "significant altering of the hydrology" [3.6, p. 10]. According to testimony submitted by Paul Stolen, a former MN DNR regulator, "[i]mproper topsoil separation can decrease re-vegatation, making the area more susceptible to invasive species establishment and erosion issues. Shallow buried lines can also heat up the surrounding soil, resulting in earlier spring growth, and the lack of winter snow cover... Construction of work pads in hilly locations can greatly increase the amount of excavated land and increase the overall impacts. Construction methods around waterways and in floodplains can greatly increase impacts." [3.6, p. 11]. Biologists and engineers testified that the construction of Line 3 would "significantly impact the manoomin along the route" [3.6]. According to the MN Department of Natural Resources Wild Rice Report, "any factor that can affect water quality, season water levels, lakebed conditions, regional climate, aquatic vegetation, or the natural genetic diversity of wild rice could potentially threaten natural stands." [16, p. 3].

The Cumulative Impact Statement also considers the ecological and social impacts of the development of Alberta's Tar Sands, which has resulted in the destruction of millions of acres of boreal forest and the pollution of carcinogenic and toxic chemicals into the land, water, and air [3.6, 27]. This has lead to heightened levels of cancer and other diseases among Cree and Dene First Nation communities, in addition to increases in sexual abuse, human trafficking, and murder [3.6, p. 95, 14]. Impacts on communities that live near the refineries that will process the crude oil from Line 3 are also considered. Refineries are disproportionately sited near low income and black communities, which is a case of environmental injustice in itself. The Statement reviews the impacts on black communities living near the Marathon refinery in Detroit, who the Michigan Department of Health  confirms suffer from "elevated rates of cancer, respiratory disease, heart disease, and kidney failure" [3.6, p, 98]. The Statement states that some of the oil from Line 3 will end up at this refinery. Enbridge's U.S. affiliate agreed to pay $1.1 million to the state of Wisconsin for violating a litany of state requirements related to air quality [3.6, 28]. The assistant state attorney general noted that Enbridge failed to properly seal storage tanks and other facilities, potentially allowing large amounts of chemicals to evaporate into the air [28]. Enbridge also started construction without construction permits and operated the facility without the proper air pollution control operation permit [28].

Global impacts, particularly accelerated climate disruption, are considered in the Anishinaabeg statement as well. Extracting, refining, transporting, and burning oil sands energy contributes to significantly more greenhouse emissions than conventional oil [3.6, 18]. The expansion of tar sands development and infrastructure could contribute to 'carbon lock in', which is characterized by "persistent market and policy failures that can inhibit the diffusion of carbon-saving technologies despite their apparent environmental and economic advantages" [19]. In other words, the Line 3 Replacement Project and similar proposals to extract and transport Tar Sands oil will slow the transition to clean renewable energy, and climate related impacts will intensify.

Basic Data

Name of conflict:Makwa Initiative against Enbridge's Line 3 Replacement Project, USA
Country:United States of America
State or province:Minnesota
Location of conflict:Cloquet
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)

Source of Conflict

Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Transport infrastructure networks (roads, railways, hydroways, canals and pipelines)
Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)
Land acquisition conflicts
Oil and gas exploration and extraction
Oil and gas refining
Water access rights and entitlements
Invasive species
Wetlands and coastal zone management
Specific commodities:Crude oil
Tar Sands Crude Oil: Diluted Bitumen, other types of heavy oil, and light crude oil

Project Details and Actors

Project details

The existing Line 3 is a 34-inch outside diameter, 1,097-mile-long pipeline that was built in the 1960's and put into use in 1968 [20.1.1]. It was originally intended to be able to transport all types of crude oil at varying capacities [20.1.1]. Due to the presence of a large number of anomalies that threaten the integrity of the pipeline, a Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice has required Enbridge to transport light crude oil at a lowered capacity of 390,000 barrels per day (bpd) [8]. The existing Line 3 is experiencing an "accelerated rate of deterioration associated with external corrosion, SCC, and long-seam cracking" [8]. External corrosion growth is increasing exponentially and is not affected by lowered capacity [8]. This is primarily due to the use of Polyethylene (“PE”) tape, which disbonds from pipe, and the use of flash welding ("FW"), a "manufacturing process that has an inherently higher susceptibility to the formation of defects along the long seam of the pipe" [8]. Enbridge estimates that the existing Line 3 will require approximately 7,000 maintenance digs in the U.S. over the next 15 years to maintain the current operating capacity [8].

According to a company spokesperson, "Line 3 is a replacement project intended to upgrade and improve the pipeline while restoring capacity to its original volume to meet the demands of refineries in Minnesota and the Midwest" [21]. The Line 3 Replacement Project (LR3) entails the construction of a new 36-inch pipeline using "the latest available high strength steel and coating technology" [23]. The new pipeline will be built for the most part alongside the existing Line 3, except for a portion of its route in Minnesota where it diverges to the south before the Clearbrook Terminal and then reconnects with the existing Line 3 route and Mainline system before the Wisconsin border [20.1.1]. It is described as the "largest project in Enbridge history" and "one of North America's largest infrastructure programs" with a total capitalization cost of over $7.5 billion USD.

The new Line 3 will have the capacity to transport 760,000 bpd of various types of crude oil, more than doubling the current operating capacity [20.1.1]. It is designed as 'mixed use', meaning it can carry a range of light to heavy crude oil. Enbridge maintains that the type of crude oil the new Line 3 will transport depends on shipper demand [20.1.1]. In a 2014 conference call with investors and media, Enbridge CEO Al Monaco said "my lean would be more towards the heavier side, but it will carry both." [22]. The Project also includes the construction of four new pump stations, upgrades to four existing pump stations, and approximately 27 valves [20.1.2].

Enbridge plans to abandon ('deactivate') the existing Line 3 once the new Line 3 is operational [20.1.2]. The existing Line 3 will continue to be used until then [20.1.2]. The deactivation process includes removing any oil and cleaning the pipe, physically disconnecting and sealing pipeline segments, and then continuous monitoring of the deactivated pipeline and maintenance of the right of way [20.1.2].

Enbridge operates 17,018 miles (27,388 kilometers) of active crude pipeline across North America [20.2]. The entire system, referred to as Enbridge GXL, delivers on average 2.8 million barrels of crude oil and liquids every day [20.2]. Line 3 is described as an integral part of Enbridge's Mainline System, which is an operationally integrated cross-border transportation system that includes the Canadian Mainline System and the U.S. Lakehead System [20.2]. Line 3 is one of six crude oil pipelines that make up the Mainline System [23]. Lines 1, 2, 3, 4, and 67 connect Edmonton, AB to Superior, WI [20.2]. The L3RP project is one part of Enbridge's larger plans to expand its capacity to transport crude oil from Alberta's Tar Sands and to expand its access to the U.S. and other markets.

On April 25, 2016, the NEB concluded that the LR3 project is in the Canadian public interest and recommended Project approval to the federal Governor in Council. The Canadian federal government approved the program on Nov. 29, 2016. The project also has regulatory approval in North Dakota and Wisconsin and is under construction in Wisconsin. The project is waiting on Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to decide whether or not it will issue a route permit and certificate of need. This decision is expected by the end of April 2018. The Minnesota Department of Commerce wrote in testimony that "[in] light of the serious risks and effects on the natural and socioeconomic environments of the existing Line 3 and the limited benefit that the existing Line 3 provides to Minnesota refineries, it is reasonable to conclude that Minnesota would be better off if Enbridge proposed to cease operations of the existing Line 3, without any new pipeline being built." [24]. In other words, "Enbridge has not established a need for the proposed project; the pipeline would primarily benefit areas outside Minnesota; and serious environmental and socioeconomic risks and effects outweigh limited benefits." [24].

Despite this regulatory uncertainty, Enbridge has already purchased most of the pipe for the Minnesota segment of the new Line 3, is storing the pipe in the state under permits that were applied for illegally, and has already conducted pre-construction work in Minnesota (not to mention actual construction in Canada and Wisconsin) [4.4 November 22, 2017]. For more information on the Line 3 review process in the state of Minnesota, please see: https://mn.gov/puc/line3/process/

The portion of the L3R project that is north of the border will be undertaken by Enbridge's wholly-owned subsidiary, Enbridge Pipelines Inc. The portion south of the border, most of which is in Minnesota, will be undertaken by Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (EEP) "with funding provided jointly by Enbridge and EEP at participation levels to be finalized and approved by the EEP Special Committee." [20.3].

The financial institutions listed are providing some form of financial support to Enbridge. This financial support comes in the form of credit/ loan agreements, and/or underwriting commitments. See mazaskatalks.org for more information.

Project area:267,028
Level of Investment for the conflictive project7,539,000,000.00
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:100,000 - millions
Start of the conflict:03/03/2014
Company names or state enterprises:Enbridge Inc. from Canada - Project Owner
Enbridge Pipelines Inc. from Canada - Approval and Construction of Line 3 Replacement Project in Canada
Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (EEP) (EEP) from United States of America - Responsible for the U.S. L3R Project
Relevant government actors:State Level:
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MN PUC)
Minnesota Department of Commerce (MN DOC), Energy Environmental Review and Analysis (EERA) Unit
Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MN PCA)
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR)
Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
North Dakota Public Service Commission
Federal:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
National Response Center (US Coast Guard)
U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
Local:
Soil and Water Conservation Districts
County Commissioners
International and Finance InstitutionsBarclays (BARC) from United Kingdom - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
JP Morgan Chase (JPM) from United States of America - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
Citibank (C) from United States of America - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG) from Japan - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
Deutsche Bank (DB) from Germany
Mizuho Bank (MFG) from Japan - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
Wells Fargo (WFC) from United States of America - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
Credit Suisse (CS) from Switzerland - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) from Japan - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) from Canada - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
Credit Agricole (ACA) from France - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) from Canada - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
HSBC Bank (HSBC) from United Kingdom - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) from Canada - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
Bank of Montreal (BMO) from Canada - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) from Netherlands - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
Morgan Stanley (MS) from United States of America - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
UBS (UBSG) from Switzerland - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
Societe Generale (SGA) from France - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
National Bank of Canada (NBC) from Canada - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
Export Development Canada (EDC) from Canada - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
U.S. Bank (USB) from United States of America - Enbridge financier (credit facility/loan agreements and/or underwriting commitments)
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Honor the Earth
Last Real Indians
Mazaska Talks
Young Peoples Action Coalition
Rainforest Action Network
Rising Tide North America
Showing Up for Racial Justice
Powershift Network
MN 350
Northwoods 350
Semillas Autónomas
Chi-Nations Youth Council
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha
EcoSattva
Earth First!
North-Central Wisconsin ExPO
Midwest Prisoner Support
Earth Defense Coalition
Twin Cities General Defense Committee Local 14
Minnesota Public Interest Relations Group
Chi Resists
Water Protector Legal Collective
Youth Climate Intervenors
Friends of the Headwaters
Sierra Club
The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Conflict & Mobilization

IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Industrial workers
International ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Trade unions
Women
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Local scientists/professionals
Religious groups
Forms of mobilization:Development of a network/collective action
Arguments for the rights of mother nature
Public campaigns
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Land occupation
Media based activism/alternative media
Shareholder/financial activism.
Street protest/marches
Development of alternative proposals
Official complaint letters and petitions
Boycotts of companies-products
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Objections to the EIA
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Blockades
Occupation of buildings/public spaces

Impacts

Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Oil spills, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Global warming, Soil contamination, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Potential: Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Soil erosion, Air pollution, Mine tailing spills
Other Environmental impacts There are numerous concerns surrounding the abandonment of Line 3 in the ground.
"Potential sources of soil and groundwater contamination include:
• substances produced in the reservoir and deposited on the walls of the pipeline;
• treatment chemicals in the pipeline;
• the line pipe and associated facilities;
• pipeline coatings and their degradation products;
• historical leaks and spills;
• possible PCB contamination, from lubricants" [4.2 Pipeline Abandonment Fact Sheet]
There are also potential hydrological impacts. Over time, abandoned pipelines can transform into water conduits, and can lead to the unnatural drainage of water based ecosystems, and thereby increasing the risk of soil and water contamination [4.2 Pipeline Abandonment Fact Sheet].
The current Line 3 has an unusually large number of "anomalies" (external corrosion and stress corrosion cracking (SCC)), that threaten its integrity, which increases the chances of leaks, spills, and contamination [8].
Health ImpactsVisible: Violence related health impacts (homicides, rape, etc..), Other Health impacts, Health problems related to alcoholism, prostitution, Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide
Potential: Accidents, Occupational disease and accidents, Malnutrition, Deaths, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood, Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights, Loss of landscape/sense of place, Militarization and increased police presence, Increase in violence and crime
Potential: Displacement, Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Land dispossession, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment
Other socio-economic impactsPipeline abandonment "would pass on an enormous financial liability to landowners along the line, and to our children and grandchildren" [10].
Anishinaabe "regional fisheries generate $7.2 billion annually, and support 49,000 jobs. The tourism economy of northern Minnesota represents $11.9 billion in gross sales (or 240,000 jobs)" [4.2].

Outcome

Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Conflict outcome / response:Still in regulatory process
Proposal and development of alternatives:In the Anishinaabeg Cumulative Impact Statement, Honor the Earth "strongly advocates that existing Line 3 needs to be removed from service, and no new pipeline built" [3.7]. The Statement argues that the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and its Bands "have the authority to develop regulations that govern what actions a pipeline company takes to minimize risks posed by old pipelines, particularly when they cross reservation lands" [3.7]. It urges the Bands and MCT to create a policy and regulatory framework that is "responsive to the evolving statutory context and the likelihood of additional large decommissioning and abandonment applications in the future" [3.7].
In particular, the statement argues that Enbridge should be required to make "additional filings and studies before commencing decommissioning activities", including a Tribally approved Final Abandonment Plan, Minimally-Invasive Procedure Evaluation Report, and "a plan to completely remove the existing line, remediation any and all contamination and restore the corridor to it's pre-installation condition" [3.7]. The recommendations require a large participatory role for tribal members in planning and participating in a robust monitoring plan for any decommissioned line. Tribal members should be trained, with Enbridge funding, to "undertake remedial actions or adaptive management measures" and should be present at "any future digs or other maintenance activities" [3.7]. Enbridge should be required to create a fund "to cover the costs of future abandonment of pipelines on reservation, trust, and treaty areas" [3.]. The Statement argues that the "remediation and restoration activities that would need to be undertaken to fully restore the existing corridor has [the] potential to jump-start the regenerative economy for the region" [3.7].
According to the Statement, "if Enbridge was run by intelligent, thoughtful people, we would be discussing the expansion of a regional public transportation network." [3.7]. The Statement additionally argues that "[t]he infrastructure [minority/low-income communities] require is not a crude oil pipeline that is part and parcel of a global export economy, but rather renewable energy grids, water and sewage, and other elements of a restoration economy" [3.7]. The Statement's recommendations for "investment in ecological infrastructure [that] will strengthen the economy and communities by creating jobs, new industries and protect future generations well being" are comprehensive and timely.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:The Line 3 Replacement Project is still waiting on obtaining regulatory approval from Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission. This decision will come by the end of April 2018.
Any perspective on success and failure will have to account for whether the existing Line 3 will be removed or decommissioned, whether the Tar Sands will continue to be developed, and to what extent the Minnesota Chippewa tribe and other tribes and First Nations regain autonomy and sovereignty.

Sources & Materials

Juridical relevant texts related to the conflict (laws, legislations, EIAs, etc)

"National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) of 1969", as amended. 42 USC § 4321 et seq.
https://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/nepapub/nepa_documents/RedDont/Req-NEPA.pdf

"Minnesota Historic Sites Act" Minnesota Statutes 1965, Section 138.661.
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/laws/?id=779&year=1965&type=0

"Minnesota Field Archaeology Act" Minnesota Statutes 1963, Section 138.31.
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/laws/?id=5&year=1963&type=0

"National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)" 54 U.S.C. § 300101 et seq.
https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/NHPA.pdf

1837 and 1854 treaties and related laws
http://dnr.state.mn.us/aboutdnr/laws_treaties/index.html

Minnesota Rules 7853, CERTIFICATE OF NEED; PETROLEUM FACILITY

MN Rules for Certificate of Need
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/rules/?id=7853

Minnesota Statute 216B.243 "CERTIFICATE OF NEED FOR LARGE ENERGY FACILITY"

MN Statute for Certificate of Need
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=216B.243

Minnesota Statutes 216G. "Pipelines"

MN Statutes for Route Permit
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=216G

Minnesota Rules 7852. "Route Permit: Pipeline"

MN Rules for Route Permit

See 7852.1900 for Route Selection Criteria
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/rules/?id=7852

"Minnesota Environmental Protection Act" (MEPA). Minnesota Statutes 1973, Section 116D.



Other Minnesota Statutes relating to Environmental Protection: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?view=part&header=ENVIRONMENTAL+PROTECTION
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/laws/?id=412&year=1973&type=0

References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

[3] Anishinaabeg Cumulative Impact Statement

[3.1] - Intro

[3.2] - Chapter 1

[3.3] - Chapter 2

[3.4] - Chapter 3

[3.5] - Chapter 4

[3.6] - Chapter 5

[3.7] - Chapter 6
http://www.mnchippewatribe.org/impact_assessment.html

[12] Walters K.L., Beltran R., Huh D., Evans-Campbell T. 2011. "Dis-placement and Dis-ease: Land, Place, and Health Among American Indians and Alaska Natives". In: Burton L., Matthews S., Leung M., Kemp S., Takeuchi D. (eds) Communities, Neighborhoods, and Health. Social Disparities in Health and Health Care, vol 1. Springer, New York, NY

(Link is to download of chapter)
portfolio.du.edu/downloadItem/308317

[13] L Walters, Karina & A Mohammed, Selina & Evans-Campbell, Teresa & Beltran, Ramona & Chae, David & Duran, Bonnie. 2011. "BODIES DON'T JUST TELL STORIES, THEY TELL HISTORIES Embodiment of Historical Trauma among American Indians and Alaska Natives." Du Bois Review Social Science Research on Race. 8. 179-189.
http://www.mailmanschool.org/msphcal/pics/1142013-1042013-Karina%20Walters%20Article.pdf

[15] Harris, Stuart and Barbara Harper. 1999. "ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN INDIAN COUNTRY: Using Equity Assessments to Evaluate Impacts to Trust Resources, Watersheds and Eco-cultural Landscapes". Presented at: "Environmental Justice: Strengthening the Bridge Between Tribal Governments and Indigenous Communities, Economic Development and Sustainable Communities". Conference sponsored by EPA and Medical University of South Carolina. June 11, 1999, Hilton Head, SC
http://superfund.oregonstate.edu/sites/superfund.oregonstate.edu/files/harris_harper_1999_ej_landscapes_in_indian_country.pdf

[16] "Natural Wild Rice In Minnesota: A Wild Rice Study document submitted to the Minnesota Legislature by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources", February 15, 2008
http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/fish_wildlife/wildlife/shallowlakes/natural-wild-rice-in-minnesota.pdf

[17] National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Spills of Diluted Bitumen from Pipelines: A Comparative Study of Environmental Fate, Effects, and Response. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/21834.



PDF downloads are free!
https://www.nap.edu/catalog/21834/spills-of-diluted-bitumen-from-pipelines-a-comparative-study-of

[18] Brandt, Adam R. 2011. "Upstream greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Canadian oil sands as a feedstock for European

refineries." Report for the European Union.
https://circabc.europa.eu/d/d/workspace/SpacesStore/db806977-6418-44db-a464-20267139b34d/Brandt_Oil_Sands_GHGs_Final.pdf

[19] Unruh, Gregory C. 2000. "Understanding Carbon Lock In", Energy Policy 28(12): 817-830
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/222648388_Understanding_Carbon_Lock_In

[25] Dr. David Shaw, Dr. Martin Phillips, Ron Baker, Eduardo Munoz, Hamood Rehman, Carol Gibson, Christine Mayernik. 2012. "Leak Detection Study – DTPH56-11-D-000001". Final Report for U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/sites/phmsa.dot.gov/files/docs/technical-resources/pipeline/16691/leak-detection-study.pdf

Marchman, Patrick. 2012. "Little NEPAs: State Equivalents to the National Environmental Policy Act in Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin".
https://dukespace.lib.duke.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/10161/5891/P.%20Marchman%20Little%20NEPAs_Final_w%20endnotes.pdf?sequence=1

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. "Spills of Diluted Bitumen from Pipelines: A Comparative Study of Environmental Fate, Effects, and Response". Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/21834.
https://www.nap.edu/catalog/21834/spills-of-diluted-bitumen-from-pipelines-a-comparative-study-of

Treuer, Anton. 2010. Ojibwe in Minnesota. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, Project Muse.
https://muse.jhu.edu/book/701

Rubin, Jeff. 2017. "Evaluating the Need for Pipelines: A False Narrative for the Canadian Economy". Center for International Governance Innovation: Policy Brief No. 115. Online
https://www.cigionline.org/sites/default/files/documents/PB%20no115web.pdf

"OPS TTO8 – Stress Corrosion Cracking Study" submitted by Michael Baker Jr., Inc. January 2005.

Study on Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) commissioned by the Office of Pipeline Safety of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation.

See Chapter 4: "Understanding Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) in Pipelines"
http://www.bakerprojects.com/phmsa/pdf/SCC%20Report-Final%20Report%20without%20Database.pdf

"American Indian Fishing and Hunting Rights: Minnesota Issues Resource Guides". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library.





"This guide is compiled by staff at the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library on a topic of interest to state legislators. It introduces the topic and points to sources for further research. It is not intended to be exhaustive."

Legislative History, Books and Reports, Articles, Internet Resources, Additional Library Resources
https://www.leg.state.mn.us/lrl/guides/guides?issue=indian

Borrows, John. 2015. "Crown and Aboriginal Occupations of Land: A History & Comparison" in Ipperwash Inquiry Research Series., Policing Aboriginal occupations and Aboriginal/police relations. Online.



The first section provides an overview of the historical context of the use of occupations and blockades in order to accomplish objectives relating to land, treaty, and other rights. Focused on pre-Canadian settler-colonial relations, but includes significant information on the use of occupations and diplomatic relations between Anishinaabeg bands and First Nations and Crown settlers.
https://www.worldcat.org/title/crown-and-aboriginal-occupations-of-land-a-history-comparison/oclc/246923708

[6] "Order Finding Environmental Impact Statement Inadequate", December 14th, 2017. Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Docket Nos. PL-9/CN-14-916 and PL-9/PPL-15-137
https://www.edockets.state.mn.us/EFiling/edockets/searchDocuments.do?method=showPoup&documentId={D0505660-0000-C936-8499-2549859A0832}&documentTitle=201712-138168-02

[7] Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Letter to Enbridge. "Sandpiper Pipeline Project and Line 3 Replacement Project Storage/Pipe Yards". March 3rd, 2017
https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/honorearth/pages/2409/attachments/original/1511385620/K_-_March_3_letter_MPCA_to_Enbridge.pdf?1511385620

[8] Excerpt from Testimony of Laura Kennett at Minnesota's Public Utility Commission. MPUC DOCKET NOS. PL9/CN-14-916, January 31, 2017

Extensive information on pipeline integrity threats, current Line 3 deterioration resulting in external corrosion and stress corrosion cracking (SCC), reasons for leaving abandoning current Line 3 and building a new Line 3 (cost of 'dig and repair' vs. 'replacement'), methods of repair and monitoring, and more.
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58a3c10abebafb5c4b3293ac/t/58b7a7629de4bbf5be7f7b3a/1488430948165/TESTIMONY+OF+LAURA+KENNETT+MPUC+DOCKET+NOS.+PL9%3ACN-14-916.pdf

[9] "Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Line 3 Pipeline Project - Revised" (FEIS- Revised). Minnesota Department of Commerce. February 12th, 2018.
https://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/resource.html?Id=34776

[11] "Oxendine Molliver Resignation Letter". The Intercept_Documents. August 12, 2017.

Full Intercept story: "Tribal Liaison in Minnesota Pipeline Review Is Sidelined After Oil Company Complains to Governor" by Alleen Brown.

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/12/tribal-liaison-in-minnesota-pipeline-review-is-sidelined-after-oil-company-complains-to-governor/
https://theintercept.com/document/2017/08/11/oxendine-molliver-resignation-letter/

[20] Enbridge Inc. Website.

[20.1] Line 3 Project (U.S.) page: http://www.enbridge.com/line3us

[20.1.1] "Project Background" Section

[20.1.2] "Project Scope" Section

[20.2] Line 3 Project (Canada) page: http://www.enbridge.com/projects-and-infrastructure/projects/line-3-replacement-program-canada
http://www.enbridge.com/

[21] "A look at Enbridge’s next big pipeline project, the Line 3 Replacement" by Brooks Johnson in Duluth News Tribune. April 16, 2017.
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/business/4251822-look-enbridges-next-big-pipeline-project-line-3-replacement

[22] "Enbridge Announces $7B Line 3 Rebuild, Largest Project in Company History" by Heather Libby in DeSmog Canada. March 4th, 2014.
https://www.desmog.ca/2014/03/04/enbridge-%247b-line-3-rebuild-largest-project-company-history

[23] "Enbridge to Undertake $7 Billion Mainline Replacement Program" Enbridge Media Center. March 3rd, 2014.

Press release and announcement of Line 3 Replacement Project
http://www.enbridge.com/media-center/news/details?lang=en&year=2014&id=1814235

[24] "After extensive review, Minnesota Commerce Department releases expert analysis and recommendation on the certificate of need for Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 oil pipeline project", Minnesota Department of Commerce, Press Release. September 11, 2017.

Direct Testimony of Department of Commerce can be found here: https://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/resource.html?Id=34746
https://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/documents/34079/press-release-sept11.pdf

[26] LaDuke, Winona. "LaDuke: The Largest Inland Oil Spill in U.S. History Happened Today in Minnesota" in Indian Country Today. March 3, 2017
https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/history/events/laduke-largest-inland-oil-spill-u-s-history-happened-today-minnesota/

[27] "Tar Sands Crude Oil: Health Effects of a Dirty and Destructive Fuel" Natural Resources Defense Council Issue Brief. February 2014.
https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/tar-sands-health-effects-IB.pdf

[28] "Enbridge to pay $1 million for pollution violations" by John Myers, in The Duluth News Tribune. October 8th, 2010.
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/2302588-enbridge-pay-1-million-pollution-violations

[29] "FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS OF LAW, AND RECOMMENDATION" for Line 3 Replacement Project Application for Certificate of Need and Route Permit. STATE OF MINNESOTA OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS FOR THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION. OAH 65-2500-32764

Includes non-binding recommendation of Administrative Law Judge to the PUC to grant a Certificate of Need, but only if the Route Permit is for in-trench replacement along the existing Line 3.

Also includes considerable information on Enbridge, Mainline System, Project Background, History of Line 3 Spills, Funding of Project, Agreement with Shippers, and more.
https://mn.gov/oah/assets/2500-32764-2500-33377-enbridge-line-3-report_tcm19-336838.pdf

[30] " Representative Shipper Group (RSG) Issue Resolution Sheet (IRS)". Appendix D in Application for Certificate of Need for Enbridge's Line 3 Replacement Project. Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.



Agreement Enbridge and its customers (shippers) to implement a per barrel surcharge on the entire Mainline System to support the recovery of the costs of the L3RP.
https://www.edockets.state.mn.us/EFiling/edockets/searchDocuments.do?method=showPoup&documentId={680CFFCC-FC6A-420F-B5A7-D0D2EE9518D5}&documentTitle=20154-109653-07

Commentary piece in the StarTribune: "Enbridge pipeline's ripple effect: Abuse of women and girls" by Ann Manning. January 5th, 2018
http://www.startribune.com/enbridge-pipeline-s-ripple-effect-abuse-of-women-and-girls/468185863/

"Tribes Across the Midwest Are Gearing up for a Big New Pipeline Battle" by Yessenia Funes in Earther. November 10th, 2017.
https://earther.com/tribes-across-the-midwest-are-gearing-up-for-a-big-new-1820338774

"Enbridge’s plans to build tar sands pipeline through Minnesota just hit a snag" by Samantha Page in Think Progress. September 12, 2017.
https://thinkprogress.org/line-3-unnecessary-risky-doc-says-d220f2b26bee/

"Pipeline abandonment emerges as key issue in Grand Rapids" by Brady Slater in Duluth News Tribune. December 28th, 2017
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4380319-pipeline-abandonment-emerges-key-issue-grand-rapids

"Final Environmental Impact Statement for Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline and Line 3 Replacement Projects". Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 2016.
https://ua.dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/ea/EA0229.pdf

"Line 3 Replacement Project Summary". Enbridge.

Slideshow presentation on L3RP.
https://www.enbridge.com/~/media/Enb/Documents/Projects/Line%203/ProjectHandouts/ENB_Line3_Public_Affairs_ProjectSummary.pdf?la=en

Bruno, Kenny et al. "Enbridge Over Troubled Water: The Enbridge GXL System's Threat to the Great Lakes". Report.
https://www.sierraclub.org/sites/www.sierraclub.org/files/blog/Enbridge%20Over%20Troubled%20Water%20Report.pdf

"Opinion -- Though Enbridge's Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project is far from approved, debate already is stirring: What happens to old Line 3?" in Opinion section of Duluth News Tribune. September 21st, 2017.



Includes quotes from Enbridge CEO Al Monaco, Winona LaDuke of White Earth Reservation and Director of Honor the Earth, and Paul Blackburn, staff attorney for Honor the Earth.
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/opinion/4331803-opinion-though-enbridges-line-3-oil-pipeline-replacement-project-far-approved-debate

5] "Joint Tribal Petition to Reconsider and Amend the PUC’s December 14 Order", Before the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings for the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58a3c10abebafb5c4b3293ac/t/5a4ecb00f9619a5160a185cf/1515113216778/Joint+Tribal+Petition+Jan2017.pdf

"Enbridge Energy's Proposed Line 3 Pipeline Project", Minnesota Department of Commerce. Includes project summary, latest news, key project documents, links to e-docket information, regulatory information.
https://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/line3/

Line 3 Review Process, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Includes information on how the Certificate of Need process, Route Permit process, and Environmental Impact Statement process works specific to the Line 3 project including relevant statutes and rules.
https://mn.gov/puc/line3/process/

"How Canada’s pipeline watchdog secretly discusses "ticking time bombs" with industry" by Mike de Souza in National Observer. July 5th, 2016.

Covers Canada's National Energy Board's (NEB) efforts to end Enbridge's and Kinder Morgan's use of substandard (shoddy) materials and parts in their pipelines.
https://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/07/05/news/how-canada%E2%80%99s-pipeline-watchdog-secretly-discusses-ticking-time-bombs-industry

Lovrien, Jimmy and Brooks Johnson. 2018. "Judge says Line 3 should go forward along old route" in Duluth News Tribune
https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/business/energy-and-mining/4435732-judge-says-line-3-should-go-forward-along-old-route#.

Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

[1] Facebook page of the Makwa Initative - "Makwa Initiative Line 3 Frontline Resistance": https://www.facebook.com/makwainitiative/

[1.1] "Our Story" section (located on right hand sidebar)

[1.2] Posts

[1.3] Videos: https://www.facebook.com/makwainitiative/videos/
https://www.facebook.com/makwainitiative/

[4] "Stop Line 3" Campaign website with support from Honor the Earth. Features information and fact sheets, maps Enbridge submitted in their Route Permit Application, news, and information for taking action and getting involved.

[4.1] Intro Section - Home Page

[4.2] About Section - "What is Line 3?"

[4.3] Maps Section

[4.4] News Section

[4.5] "Take Action" Section
https://www.stopline3.org/

[10] "Minnesotans for Pipeline Cleanup" Website. Includes petition, fact sheet, and information for becoming involved.
http://www.pipelinecleanupmn.org/

[14] "SCIENTISTS CALL FOR A MORATORIUM ON OIL SANDS DEVELOPMENT" Letter from Canadian and US scientists calling for a moratorium on oil sands development, includes 10 reasons for a moratorium.
https://www.scribd.com/document/268288490/Oil-Sands-Moratorium-Message

"Dakota and Ojibwe Treaties". Treaties Matter. Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and Minnesota Humanities Council. Website.
http://treatiesmatter.org/treaties

Other comments:All sources and materials have in-text citations in the form of a nested structure in order to cite information more accurately within a source that has multiple segments (e.g. multiple sections of a single Facebook page).
For example, every source is provided with a unique identifying number (e.g [1] for the Facebook page of the Makwa Initiative, [2] for a media article, etc.).
When it is necessary to cite information more accurately within a single source, a second number is included in the in-text citation that corresponds with a more specific area within the source (e.g. [1.1] refers to the "Our Story" section of the Makwa Initative Facebook page, and [3.1] refers to the Intro section of the Anishinaabeg Cumulative Impact Statement).
Please see each specific source or material for an explanation of the in-text citations. Page numbers are also included when applicable.
The "Take Action" section of the stopline3 website provides multiple ways for interested supporters to become involved. Supporters can donate to the Makwa camp fund and legal fund, educate (via speaking at public hearings, writing articles, and contacting public regulatory and political actors), divest personal and community financial holdings from banks backing fossil fuel corporations (see mazaskatalks.org), organize local events and actions in solidarity with the Initiative, and also donate directly to support the development of the Anishinaabeg Cumulative Impact Statement and Honor the Earth [4.5]. For more information please see: https://www.stopline3.org/take-action/

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