How Indigenous People Will End Tar Sands Pipelines – EcoJustice Radio

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EcoJustice RadioIndigenous people working to end tar sands pipelines prompted the Biden Administration to cancel the controversial Keystone XL in 2021, but several other projects are under construction or in the approvals process that threaten Indigenous treaty land and ecosystem viability. Idle No More and American Indian Movement (AIM) leader Lydia Ponce, a Mayo-Quechua Indigenous activist, reflects on her visits to the camps challenging tar sands pipelines to protect Mother Earth and Indigenous sovereignty. Carry Kim from EcoJustice Radio does the interview.

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Enbridge Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline, along with the zombie-project TransCanada’s Keystone XL threaten to inundate US refineries with the toxic diluted bitumen from Canada, which would clearly be the fuse to a cabon bomb that will definitely break any chance to recover from massive climate disruption ongoing. Image from Stop Line 3.

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Carry Kim from EcoJustice Radio on KPFK in Los Angeles talks with Lydia Ponce, a Mayo-Quechua Indigenous leader and social justice activist, member of AIM (American Indian Movement), and Co-Director of Idle No More SoCal. She also works as SoCal 350 Engagement Director.

Lydia shared updates about two controversial tar sands pipelines originating out of Alberta, Canada: TransCanada’s Keystone XL and Enbridge’s Line 3. Both projects pose numerous threats for indigenous peoples, their way of life and sacred territories, in addition to the devastating impacts they would have on Mother Earth and climate change. Tar sands crude oil [often called oil sands] remains one of the dirtiest, costliest and most reckless forms of fossil fuel extraction.

Lydia informs listeners about the perils of indigenous women who go missing or are murdered, as a consequence of “man camps” established during pipeline construction. Hear the call to action, donate to the cause, and make a difference in stopping these pipelines. Hear how you can help preserve life in the north for future generations, and help protect the lives of indigenous women.

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Biden Halts Keystone XL, Line 3 Approvals Under Challenge

Prior to Biden Executive Order, a federal judge in Montana blocked the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying the Trump Administration’s justification for approving it in 2018 was incomplete. In a 54-page decision, the judge faulted the Trump’s State Department reversing then-President Obama’s 2015 denial of the pipeline permit without proper explanation. He said they “simply discarded” climate change concerns related to the project. The decision once again casts doubt on the future of the 1,179-mile tar sands pipeline, which for much of the decade since its proposal by TransCanada Corp. has been a lightning rod in national energy policy.

First Nations, environmental groups and local communities have been resisting KXL for over a decade now. It would extend from the tar sands fields of Alberta, Canada and crosses the states of Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska on the pathway to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

Lydia will share updates about two controversial tar sands pipelines originating out of Alberta, Canada: TransCanada’s Keystone XL and Enbridge’s Line 3. Both projects pose numerous threats for indigenous peoples, their way of life and sacred territories, in addition to the devastating impacts they would have on Mother Earth and climate change. Tar sands crude oil [often called oil sands] remains one of the dirtiest, costliest and most reckless forms of fossil fuel extraction. Lydia will also inform listeners about the perils of indigenous women who go missing or are murdered, as a consequence of “man camps” established during pipeline construction. Hear the call to action, donate to the cause, and make a difference in stopping these pipelines. Hear how you can help preserve life in the north for future generations, and help protect the lives of indigenous women.

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The move to transport tar sands crude out of Alberta, Canada, for refining and export, criss-cross North America, putting at risk rivers, farms, ecosystems, indigenous sovereignty, and the global climate, in exchange for oil company profit.

TransCanada broke ground on the pipeline, one week after three First Nations, Rosebud Sioux (Sicangu Lakota Oyate), Fort Belknap Indian Community (Assiniboine – Nakoda) and Gros Ventre (Ananiiih Tribes), sued the Trump Administration for illegal approval of the pipeline violating the Ft. Laramie Treaties of 1851 and 1868.

Line 3 is a pipeline expansion proposed by the third largest private corporation in Canada, Enbridge. The existing Line 3 crosses 300+ miles of Northern Minnesota, through the Leech Lake and Fond du Lac reservations. This pipeline is old and crumbling and Enbridge seeks to abandon responsibility for it as a stranded asset, while proposing a new Line 3 which would double capacity, at minimum.

The proposed new Line 3 route would endanger the Great Lakes, home to one fifth of the world’s fresh water, as well as some of the most delicate soils, aquifers, and pristine lakes in northern Minnesota. It would also threaten wild rice lakes and wetlands, native to the indigenous peoples of this region. This 1,000-mile pipeline, would extend from Alberta to Wisconsin and would place undue burdens for critical resources on Ojibwe treaty lands, where tribal members retain the rights to hunt, fish, gather, hold ceremony, and travel. The route would create a new corridor through the 1855 Treaty Territory and through the Fond du Lac (FDL) reservation.

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Tribal governments, environmental organizations, and community members are actively uniting to stop Line 3. Allies to prevent Line 3 include: Ojibwe tribes and grassroots groups such as Honor The Earth, MN350 and Friends of the Headwaters. Recently, a “Certificate of Need” (CON) was granted to Enbridge to approve building Line 3 by the Minnesota PUC (Public Utilities Commission). Opposition to the pipeline continues as it is still possible to reverse the CON and challenge the pipeline through legal action in the courts and through citizen participation.

More Info:

https://www.narf.org/keystone-xl/

http://www.honorearth.org/line_3_factsheet
https://www.indiancountrynews.com/index.php/columnists/winona-laduke/14578-the-bad-decision-the-approval-of-enbridge-line-3
https://www.csvanw.org/mmiw/

Interview by Carry Kim
Engineer: JP Morris
Executive Producer: Jack Eidt
Show Created by Mark and JP Morris
Music: Javier Kadry
Episode 23

Photo: Alberta tar sands development, via Flickr user thekirbster

Updated 3 March 2021

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