Comment on the Line 3 Revised Final Environmental Impact Statement

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Comment collection is now closed. 

From February 12th-27th, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will accept public comment on the Revised Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Line 3 pipeline.

We already know Line 3 is wrong for Minnesota. We need to make sure the PUC has every piece of information they need to make the right decision. That means doing a complete cultural resources survey along the route - providing absolutely essential information about Line 3’s impacts to Indigenous people. We need a complete review in order to say NO to this pipeline that threatens our water, climate, and communities.

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Line 3 Project Revised Final EIS Comments

Docket numbers 14-916 and 15-137

To the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission:

Despite the recent revisions, the Revised Final Environmental Impact Statement (“FEIS”) for Line 3 remains inadequate. The FEIS is missing a Traditional Cultural Properties Survey, despite the fact that five Indigenous Nations have repeatedly asked for its inclusion. The presence of sacred sites along the route is an absolutely critical piece of information, and should be a key part of the Commission’s decision-making -- not an afterthought. This project has massive consequences, and the Commission should have every piece of available information to help them make the right decision.

Although the FEIS is inadequate, the PUC already has plenty of reasons to say no to Line 3. We know that building this pipeline along the proposed route would put wild rice, lakes, and rivers at risk and lead to billions of dollars in damages from climate change. Line 3 would be an Indigenous rights, clean water, and climate catastrophe. When decision day comes, with full information at hand, the PUC should say no to this dangerous project.

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  • signed 2018-03-12 15:40:54 -0500
    Many engineers are members of the National Society of Engineers, which has a code of ethics; “National Society of Professional Engineers Code of Ethics for Engineers.” That code contains a “paramountcy clause” which states “Fundamental Canons – 1. Hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public.” It seems to me that engineers might are not being honest with themselves and holding paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public if they are pursuing and working on projects that would increase emissions of CO2 and other global warming gasses and exacerbate climate change.
  • signed 2018-03-08 18:02:44 -0600
    It is imperative that we stop destroying our earth! Every single stupid action is another irreversible step in that direction and we MUST start thinking in terms of the next 100 and 200 year time table. We have already populated this earth to over 3 times its capacity!
  • signed 2018-03-01 22:58:50 -0600
  • signed via 2018-02-28 18:50:47 -0600
  • signed 2018-02-28 11:04:47 -0600
    Water is sacred. The Great Lakes and the wild rice beds are traditional food sources for Indigenous people. The plants and creatures that live here depend on this clean water for life as we all do. We are at a crossroad with the impact we are making on the global climate as well. I urge you to think deeply about this choice as it will profoundly effect future generations . I invite you to work solidly to support alternative sources of energy, and to say no to line 3.
  • signed 2018-02-27 23:20:28 -0600
  • signed 2018-02-27 21:44:15 -0600
    The MPUC must say NO! to Line 3. This deadly pipeline must never be built.
  • signed 2018-02-27 20:42:43 -0600
    The inventoryvof tribal artifacts needs to be completed before a final decision is made on Line 3.
  • signed via 2018-02-27 20:41:32 -0600
    Patricia Keefe
  • signed 2018-02-27 20:19:49 -0600
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  • signed 2018-02-27 16:28:20 -0600
  • signed 2018-02-27 16:27:17 -0600
    The revised EIS is still severely short in addressing cultural, socio-economic, and environmental impacts. New revisions still fail to fully look at SA-04. The failure to address the impacts on medicinal plants as addressed by the Youth Climate Intervenor witness and others, is unconscionable. To ignore the true aspects of a culture, is the equivalent of cultural genocide. Medicinal plants, wild rice, and cultural sites needs to be fully addressed and not placed on a second page with hardly a glance. To proceed with the process without the Traditional Cultural Properties survey being completed, reviewed, commented on, and fully consider is remiss and shows a lack of adequate and true review before issuing permits or the Certificate of Need. Failure to honor treaty rights and address ceded territory is against Federal Supreme Law of the Land. This shows nothing short of negligence on the part of the PUC and DOC. Failure to address health disparities among Native populations, including mental health, is also negligent. It is not acceptable to create, support, or allow cultural genocide on any level. It is unacceptable to create a continuation of multi generational historical trauma and tribes have already stated repeatedly that this will be an end result if this line is allowed. This will increase costs to state and local agencies, reservations, and will continue on to a federal level though medical costs, including mental health issues, suicide rates, addiction rates, and depression, if not fully prevented. There has also been nothing fully viewed in regards to tribal or tribal member income loss should wild rice lakes not be fully protected. Since wild rice is a protected plant in the state of Minnesota, it is crucial to continue to not only protect, but to ban anything that will harm this sacred food. “Asking” a corporate entity, in this case Enbridge, to hold off on construction until the tribal survey is completed, shows a distinct prejudice. There is nothing in place that would insure protection of tribal rights, sacred items, or a halt to this project with a simple ask. Complete review, including SA-04 in it’s entirety would be the only way to show true diligence. I emplore the PUC to review it’s current stance and to fully implement the asks of the intervening tribes, tribal members and descendants, and those who ’s cultural and religious beliefs use the medicinal plants and cultural sites that will be impacted.
  • signed 2018-02-27 16:13:17 -0600
    Endangering the future of our chiıdren.
  • signed via 2018-02-27 15:52:23 -0600
    Honor treaty rights – natives tribes are autonomous, respect that. No more pipelines on tribal lands- its time for a renewable revolution.
  • signed 2018-02-27 15:45:33 -0600
  • signed 2018-02-27 15:43:10 -0600
    Endangering the future of our Native Culture for our children
  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-27 15:38:23 -0600
    Submit a comment on the Line 3 Revised Final Environmental Impact Statement -- study tribal impacts!
  • signed 2018-02-27 15:38:10 -0600
    Doina Smith
  • signed 2018-02-27 15:34:42 -0600
    Patricia Castellano
  • signed 2018-02-27 15:28:42 -0600
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  • signed 2018-02-27 15:18:54 -0600
    Don’t do it
  • signed 2018-02-27 15:18:07 -0600
  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-27 15:14:12 -0600
    Submit a comment on the Line 3 Revised Final Environmental Impact Statement -- study tribal impacts!
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