Minnesota and Wisconsin and the headwaters of the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers are the central for conduit for pipelines carrying Alberta tarsands and North Dakota fracked oil to major domestic and international markets. This pipeline super-highway dwarfs TransCanada’s Keystone system that was at the center of a major national conflict in 2014/15. It hasn’t received much national attention, however, because it is being assembled piece-by-piece, link-by-link, line-by-line: Alberta Clipper, Sandpiper/Line 3 Corridor in Minnesota, Line 61, and planned Line 66 in Wisconsin.
The company’s piece-meal strategy has a flip side: it presents plenty of opportunities for people in our region who want to “do something” about climate change and abundant clean water to get involved right in their own watershed. You can’t get any closer to home than your watershed and the water you drink daily. As they say: Think globally. Act locally.
There are a number of Great Lake Region organizations actively engaged in stopping further expansion of the pipeline system being constructed through our region. They are all doing good work. They all need people to pitch-in, and there are countless ways to engage. You can learn all you need to know by visiting their websites. Please check them out.
Friends of the Headwaters is a local citizen’s group organized for the purpose of protecting our precious resource, like Itasca State Park, the Mississippi River, our clean lakes, streams and aquifers of northwestern and central Minnesota from the potentially devastating impacts that will occur if the Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline is constructed on the currently proposed route in Hubbard, Clearwater, Cass, Aitkin and Carlton Counties.
Honor the Earth is a Native-led organization, established by Winona LaDuke and Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, in 1993. It’s mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. It’s Pipeline campaign is focuses on two of Enbridge’s projects: the Alberta Clipper, which runs through the Red Lake, Leech Lake and Fond du Lac reservations, and the proposed Sandpiper/Line 3 corridor that would run through the White Earth reservation, headwaters of the Mississippi, 1855 Treaty Area and some of the largest wild rice beds in the world. It’s other campaigns are Frack No, No Coal Goal and Sexual Violence in Extraction Zones.
MN350.org works to build the climate movement in Minnesota through creative local, state, and national campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass mobilizations in order to keep fossil fuels in the ground and accelerate a just transition to renewable energy. It’s Pipeline Resistance campaign is focused on stopping construction of the Alberta Clipper. It’s other campaigns are: Corporate Accountability and Minnesota Divestment.
Wisconsin Safe Energy Alliance Wisconsin Safe Energy (WiSE) Alliance is a statewide organization dedicated to increasing community awareness of Enbridge Energy’s major pipeline expansion through the heart of Wisconsin. It provides a variety of materials to impacted landowners and citizens and other concerned citizens.
80 Feet Is Enough started in a small neighborhood west of Marshfield, Wisconsin in late 2015 after hearing media accounts of Enbridge’s expansion plans. It is comprised of folks from diverse backgrounds and perspectives and includes Republicans and Democrats, young and retired, environmentalists and non-environmentalists. From the small group of neighbors directly affected by pipeline easements the group has expanded to include Wisconsin citizens concerned about the wider ramifications of Enbridge’s actions.