Democracy in Action: Voicing Your Opinion on Pipelines, Food and Community
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
FORUM I: 3-5pm, Weber Hall, UMD
FORUM II: 7-9pm, Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica
Speakers discussing the proposed Enbridge Pipeline and how it affects you!
The proposed Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline would create an entirely new 610 mile pipeline corridor across northern Minnesota for transporting crude oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota and the Tar Sands of Alberta to a refinery in Superior, Wisconsin. There it would be exported to other parts of the country and the world. Carlton County, the organic bread basket of Duluth and our region, would be affected by this project. Although Enbridge recently announced that it may now bypass the organic farms in Carlton County, their official filing still includes the route through this ‘organic corridor’ of great importance to our region.
Please come to this forum and learn about these important issues and voice your opinion
· Encourage community members & students to come to this educational event
· Consider offering extra credit to students for attending
· Forward this email to anyone you feel has an interest or stake in this issue
Speakers at this forum include:
Tracy M. B. Smetana, Public Advisor, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission; Becky Lourey, Former State Senator and Businesswoman; Atina Diffley, Organic Farmer, Consultant, and Author of ‘Turn Here Sweet Corn’; Janaki Fisher-Merritt, Organic Farmer and School Board Member; Rita Vavrosky, Educator and Organic Farmer; – Randel Hanson, UMD Professor and Farmer; Igor S. Lenzner, Attorney
Sponsored by the Carlton County Land Stewards; Department of Geography, Urban, Environment and Sustainability Studies, UMD; Whole Foods Coop; Minnesota Public Interest Research Group, UMD Chapter; Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice, College of St. Scholastica