In the wake of several prominent setbacks for the fossil fuel industry, organizers expect a weekend training for citizen activists to attract 200 newly energized Minnesotans interested in learning tactics to resist the expansion of oil, coal, and gas projects.
Canadian oil giant Enbridge Energy set a record in 2018 by spending more on lobbying in Minnesota than any other organization has since the state started keeping records in 2007. A new state report says Enbridge spent $11.1 million in 2018 to promote its massive Line 3 tar sands pipeline project in Northern Minnesota.
Canadian oil giant Enbridge Energy announced on Friday that it does not expect to complete construction of the Line 3 tar sands pipeline until the second half of 2020, a delay of up to a year from previous estimates. Enbridge said it has revised its timeline because decisions by Minnesota state agencies on necessary permits will not be made until November or later.
MN350, a statewide climate justice organization, released a statement today applauding the announcement that Minnesota’s Department of Commerce will continue its appeal against the Line 3 tar sands pipeline.
After doubling its base of supporters in 2018, climate advocacy group MN350 reports the growth in awareness and advocacy among Minnesotans has not slowed in the first weeks of 2019. Kate Jacobson, Co-Executive Director, says MN350’s database has grown to more than 20,000 Minnesotans, reflecting an unprecedented level of concern about preventing damage to our climate.