If Tribes Say “NO”, U.S. Treaty says Sandpiper Pipeline Must be Rerouted…
Blue Republican Minnesota interviews Michael Dahl of Honor the Earth and Sandra Skinaway at the Sandpiper Pipeline rally August 7th in St. Paul. (Links below)
Canadian company, Enbridge wants to build the Sandpiper pipeline from the North Dakota Bakken oil fields across the headwaters of 1/5 of the world’s fresh water watershed in northern Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin. Several tribes retain the hunting, fishing, and gathering rights to large swaths of land in northern Minnesota in their 1855 treaty with the U.S. Government. All use of the land that potentially impacts hunting, fishing or gathering on the land requires consultation and approval of the tribes.
Blue Republican Minnesota attended the PUC hearing on the routing of the Sandpiper pipeline. Honor the Earth, resort owners and Friends of the Headwaters testified on the proposed pipeline’s negative impact on the expansive sensitive watershed, impact on fishing and wild rice gathering, agriculture and impact to resort tourism in the area. These groups studied and offered several citizen’s route alternatives that meet the original statement of purpose of the project.
U.S. Senate candidate, Heather Johnson testified that Treaty hunting, fishing, and gathering rights and individual property rights must be respected. Corporations must be completely accountable for all personal and environmental damages caused by their business practices. Taxpayers should not be stuck paying for cleanup caused by private business.
Michael Dahl of Honor the Earth