Reject Voluntary Partnership for Distressed Communities Act

The Voluntary Partnership for Distressed Communities Act would push struggling and underfunded water systems to be sold or leased to private companies. Over 500 publicly owned water systems across the country have serious violations to drinking water quality standards. But instead of providing financial support to fix these water systems, this bill would allow water… More Reject Voluntary Partnership for Distressed Communities Act

Line 3 comment period extended to Nov 14

In our previous newsletter, we alerted you to the continuing efforts to resist the Line 3 ‘replacement’ project in Minnesota. MN’s own Department of Commerce requested a review of the MN Public Utilities Commission’s approval of the Certificate of Need, citing the fact that Enbridge submitted a pipeline utilization forecast rather than the required long-range… More Line 3 comment period extended to Nov 14

FERC v DC Appeals Court

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has strenuously resisted considering environmental externalities (think pollution and climate change) when they consider the necessity and convenience of new pipelines. On a couple of occasions, the DC Court of Appeals has insisted that they consider externalities, but they have always interpreted the court’s requirements in the narrowest possible… More FERC v DC Appeals Court

#StillNoDAPL – Fighting Expansion in Illinois

The battle to stop expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline comes down to our efforts here in Illinois. Save Our Illinois Land, the first intervenor in the case, continues the legal battle to stop the doubling of the capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The The Natural Resources Defense Council has blogged about our efforts… More #StillNoDAPL – Fighting Expansion in Illinois

Line 5 Tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac

The Michigan State Department of Great Lakes, Environment and Energy has asked Enbridge to rewrite its permit application to rebuild an oil and gas pipeline underneath the Straits of Mackinac and include alternative options. The State made clear that it was going to apply environmental standards in evaluating the permit; that the agency intends to… More Line 5 Tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac

Keystone XL Decision nullifies water-crossing permit

A District Court judge in Montana refused to narrow his April ruling that effectively nullified all water crossing permits (referred to as Nationwide Permit 12) for pipelines. This ruling doesn’t directly block construction but prohibits dredging work until further environmental reviews are completed. This ruling represents a welcome, although tenuous, victory.Yet we know that construction… More Keystone XL Decision nullifies water-crossing permit