March is proving to be a busy month for pipeline fighters, what with meetings to attend, comments to write, and so much to learn about the legal process of intervening in a case like this one. The best part of it for most of us is meeting so many really nifty people. Our Land Stewards group is just the best. All of you who are getting involved by attending events and writing letters are wonderful. We’ve met with some other great organizations and learned that we really aren’t alone in our quest to protect our planet.
Check out the Friends of the Headwaters – a group to the west of those of us in Carlton County, protecting that fabulous Mississippi River.
Look at Honor the Earth – a Native organization striving to restore “a paradigm that recognizes our collective humanity and our joint dependence on the Earth.” Honor the Earth has just intervened in the case, too.
Finally, if you haven’t sent your comments to the PUC (due by 4/4/14), here’s a template for you to work with. Remember, it’s your words they need to hear. Your concerns are important. Wetlands? Local food supply? Forests? Rare birds? If you think it’s in danger and worth protecting, write about it. Oh, and keep talking to people about this. You people are our greatest asset.
Your town, State Zip
Dr. Burl Haar, Executive Secretary
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
121 7th Place East, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55101-2147
Re: Docket number 13-474
| Northern Minnesota can’t afford to lose scarce farmland to pipeline construction.
Organic farms are vulnerable to loss of certification, soil destruction and ecosystem damage. Whenever possible, routes should avoid organic farms.
Wild, natural, and forested areas not only provide essential ecosystem services to support sustainable farming, they are also valuable natural resources in themselves that provide critical wildlife habitat and protect the health of impaired rivers such as the Nemadji River in the Lake Superior Watershed.
This isn’t just about money. This is about preserving sustainable agriculture and the health of the ecosystems surrounding Lake Superior.
Co-locating new pipelines with existing crude oil pipelines is most consistent with the principle of non-proliferation and minimizes damage to farms, the environment and landowner rights.