PIPELINES

Raise Your Voice to Stop Line 3 Pipeline

As we work towards the world our hearts know is possible, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light recognizes the vital work of resisting projects that would damage our communities. New oil pipelines endanger our clean water and air; they’re an investment in the toxic fossil fuel infrastructure that’s driving the climate crisis.

Communities across Minnesota are standing up to Line 3, a massive new tar sands oil pipeline proposed through the heart of Northern Minnesota. Together we will #StopLine3! 

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Click here to learn more about Line 3. And for printable fact sheets,  click here. 

June 4th No Line 3: Interfaith Response

Rabbis, imams, priests, pastors, deacons, elders, and others among thousands of people of faith and conscience joined together to oppose the Line 3 pipeline. Speaking with one voice, asking the PUC to reject the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline because of the harm it would do to the Anishinaabe people.

Over 500 faith leaders from Minnesota and the surrounding area signed our written letter in opposition of the proposed Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project crossing the headwaters of the Mississippi River and delivered it to Governor Dayton's office and Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission.

A huge thank you to the Minnesota Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, for partnering with us to organize the rally, speakers, & march!

It was a powerful afternoon of prayer, song, and word. Click through the incredible speakers to hear their powerful messages and the many reasons we hold to #StopLine3.

What’s been going on with Line 3 lately?

On Monday, April 23rd, Administrative Law Judge Ann O’Reilly submitted her (non-binding) report and recommendations on Line 3 to the PUC, who will make their final decision on the project in June. Judge O’Reilly found that the costs of Enbridge’s proposed route for Line 3 are greater than any benefits -  she recommended against it. However, she didn’t recommend outright denial of the project - instead, she recommended “in-trench” replacement - with a new pipeline being built in the same route of the old.

 

This scenario would greatly increase costs for the pipeline and faces a number of legal roadblocks - this is not a win for Enbridge. However, this is not a victory for pipeline opponents either. On any potential route, in-trench or otherwise, this pipeline would vastly increase the amount of tar sands oil being moved through Minnesota, threatening water and wild rice and further fueling the climate crisis. And the Judge’s recommended route would cross through the land of multiple Indigenous nations. Tribal governments have repeatedly spoken out against any such route - this recommendation puts a further legal burden on these nations to fight a pipeline through their reservations and treaty land.

 

So, the work continues. There are multiple chances to show up to stop Line 3 in the next month before the PUC makes their decision!

How can I get involved?

Spring Actions

 

Sign the Faith Leader Letter Opposing Line 3

We are continuing to work on a faith leader letter opposing Line 3, with a goal of 500 signatures. Over 100 faith leaders have already signed this letter, stating their clear opposition to Line 3 because of the harm it would do to the Anishinaabe people and to the climate. Are you a faith leader? Add your name to the faith leader letter against the pipeline. Not a faith leader? We invite you to talk with your faith leader about this letter and the importance of stopping the Line 3 pipeline. MNIPL is here to support you - we can provide factsheets, more detailed information, and can also provide a speaker on Line 3 for your congregation. Sign up here if you are willing to schedule a conversation with your faith leader about signing this letter and opposing Line 3.

Sample Comments

Karen Hulstrand of Stillwater, MN at the public hearing on Line 3. Last month, Karen joined MNIPL on a journey up north to visit the site of the old Line 3 pipeline. Tonight, she had this to say at the hearing:

"As a white person, I and everyone else in this room have inherited a shameful and dishonorable past when it comes to treaties. And a lot of people will say to that, well, that was in the past. But right now we're talking about the present. The Environmental Impact Statement for this project says that Native American communities are disproportionately harmed. And we need to stop. We need to stop this environmental injustice that goes on in our country."

Sarah Holst, a faith leader, artist, and student at United Theological Seminary: 

"I am standing against Line 3 as a Roman Catholic, as a faith-leader, seeking to reclaim a decolonized Christianity that takes responsibility and seeks reparations for the gruesome realities of the Doctrine of Discovery and the long history between the European Christian Church and genocide and ecocide.  I work for a transformed, changed way of being a guest on this land by joining my voice with the outcry of indigenous leaders and putting my heart and body on the side of healing and hope."

Read Sarah's full comments here.