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A Future Free of Tar Sands

A Future Free of Tar Sands

 

                                                                                                                                            Photo by Christy Newell

Bundled in hats, gloves, and scarves as snow continued to fall, over 300 people gathered in Kellogg Park April 3 to stand against the expansion of the Alberta Clipper pipeline. Families, people of faith, students, and those affected by pipelines across the region traveled in spite of a winter storm warning to make sure that their voices were heard at the Public Utilities Commission hearing.

Sam Grant of the Movement Center for Democracy, Environmental Justice Organizer Karen Monahan, Rev Gwin Pratt, Gustavus Adolphus Collge Student Anna McDevitt, musician Prudence Johnson, Charlie Thayer of Honor the Earth, and Chris Wahmhoff from the Michigan Coalition against Tar Sands, issued rallying calls to the group before marching to the PUC.  

More than 160 people registered to testifiy and 58 testimonies were heard. High schools students, parents, grandparents, registered engineers, and an eleven year old spoke of their profound concern about the pipeline expansion, and their desire to ensure a clean, healthy energy future for their children. Among them were many people of faith who want to take every effort to protect the earth that is sacred, and to stand up for all our neighbors.

Together we made a clear statement: people across the region want to build a clean, safe, sustainable environmental future, and that is a future free of Tar Sands.  

Read some of the oral testimonies that MNIPL folks presented to Judge Lipman at the hearing.  Powerful!

 

Photo by Christy Newell