All members of the public have the right to take part in an “open comment period” that runs through September 30th on the scope of the environmental analysis of Enbridge’s new Line 3 -- how comprehensive the analysis should be. The company calls Line 3 a replacement, but it’s really a new pipeline, in a new corridor, at a larger size that will carry massive amounts of tar sands oil -- one of the most destructive fossil fuels on the planet. This scoping process is our chance to demand that climate, water, treaty rights, and other important issues are studied in the most rigorous way possible. Since the topics are so detailed, MN350’s tar sands team has prepared a group sign-on letter. You can read the letter with our our full comments here (final draft PDF, 24 pages, subject to minor edits prior to submission to docket).
Sign onto our public comments calling for the most comprehensive environmental review possible and an end to construction of new pipeline infrastructure in Minnesota.
By adding my name below, I join MN350's public comments on Line 3 scoping.
The comments are a long document, but here is one crucial point: The state needs to consider not just where to put a new tar sands pipeline, but also the possibility of not building this huge tar sands oil pipeline at all.
We believe a full and comprehensive environmental review of pipelines is necessary, is supported by the recent Sandpiper court case, and would show there is not as urgent a need for more crude oil pipelines as there is a risk to our communities, water, land, and climate.