Dec 14 Nationwide Actions: Stop Line 3, Protect the Gulf
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The fight continues to Stop Line 3! On December 14th, one year after the start of direct action to stop construction, we are renewing our calls to the US Army Corps of Engineers to order a federal Environmental Impact Statement. Please look on the above map to find or create a 12/14 action at your nearest Army Corps location!
The need for a federal EIS has reached an emergency level. Why an EIS?. Frac-out. Artesian aquifer breach, frac-out. Rushed construction caused severe, ongoing permanent environmental damage.
Enbridge has already been fined $3.32 million for failure to follow environmental laws and the case referred by the state for criminal prosecution. Millions of gallons of artesian water are being lost, while spilled drill-fluid contaminants are moving downstream, polluting everything in their path. Sooner or later, tar sands oil is likely to spill and sink in these pristine waterways, poisoning the drinking water of millions.
Violating Anishinaabe treaty territories in Minnesota, the new stretch of Line 3 was approved without full informed consent. It carries the carbon emissions equivalent of 50 new coal-fired plants in a time of “code red” climate emergency.
Moreover, Enbridge cannot obtain the required $200 million in "environmental impairment liability" insurance and has not established the promised Decommissioning Trust Fund.
Enbridge is the Canadian pipeline company responsible for the largest inland oil spill in US history. Enbridge pipelines had more than 800 spills in the US and Canada between 1999 and 2010, leaking 6.8 million gallons of oil.
Before the Line 3 emergency becomes catastrophic, we come together on December 14th to call on the Army Corps to order a federal EIS. Please join us. Check out the toolkit to learn how to take action on December 14th!
12/14 actions can include delivering a community-led letter asking Army Corps to conduct a regional Programmatic EIS for the Permian and Gulf South region. Now that the expanded Line 3 is running tar sands from Alberta across Minnesota to Wisconsin, leaving breached aquifers and toxic frac-outs in its path, Enbridge has announced plans to expand infrastructure to the Texas Gulf Coast. Proposals include building a pipeline from the Houston area to the Port of Corpus Christi more than 200 miles away, where the Canadian oil giant recently acquired the largest crude-exporting hub in the U.S. (more info at https://defendthegulf.org/)
“Returning the line to full capacity sets us up for downstream expansion to the US Gulf Coast,” Enbridge CEO Al Monaco told Platts, referring to the Line 3 and Southern Access expansions, which, he says, promote “full path access for Canadian [tar sands] to the US Gulf Coast.”
Thank you for joining the nationwide day of action! We urgently need a federal Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Line 3, and a regional EIS for the Gulf South.