Minn. Public Utilities Commission Rejects Treaty Rights Argument to Enbridge Pipeline

Here are the materials:

1 Honor the Earth Petition to Intervene

2 Honor the Earth Jurisdiction Memorandum

3 North Dakota Pipeline Company Response

4 Honor the Earth Reply

5 White Earth Band Ojibwe Intervention

6 PUC Order

News coverage here. HT to Pechanga.

Upcoming Event, Raising Awareness and Knowledge of Proposed Pipelines that Threaten MN Wild Rice

April 17, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Hamline University School of Law will host a law student training event. The students will learn about administrative processes related to proposed oil pipelines, specifically focusing on the ones slated to run through Minnesota.

From the press release:

Honor the Earth, a Native-led environmental organization, has joined with a coalition of related organizations to protect Minnesota’s wild rice stands. The group is participating in the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) and administrative processes regarding two proposed oil pipelines threatening some of the most significant wild rice stands in the state. To advance those efforts, Winona LaDuke of Honor the Earth and her team of legal allies will train Minnesota environmental law students on April 17th. Hamline University School of Law will host the event from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm which will also be available statewide via webcast. Environmental law students from all four Minnesota law schools (University of Minnesota, William Mitchell, Hamline, and St. Thomas) will be reviewing the legal and administrative cases. 

Press interviews will also be offered from 10:30 am – 11:25 am in the Moot Court Room.

Further information on the pipelines and efforts to propose alternative routes can be found in the press release:

Press Release Honor the Earth

News coverage here.

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