Hello fellow Illinois dwellers! As I write this, I am sitting outside on a cool late morning and the weather is perfect. A cool breeze softens the warm sun’s pleasant caress and leaves waves of cool and warm sensations running down the back of my neck. Who am I? If there was one word to… More The Big Picture by Paul Berland
Indigenous people in Canada have established a prayer camp where Enbridge’s Line 3 crosses into the U.S. This is another effort by indigenous peoples to demand treaties be respected and by landowners to resist the use of eminent domain to take their property for private gain. The Spirit of the Buffalo camp was established early… More Indigenous prayer camp aims to stop Enbridge pipeline at Canada-U.S. border
by Jennifer Thompson Several SOIL members recently attended a pipeline summit in Marshfield, WI. We learned a great deal, made new friends and alliances in the pipeline fight, and came away feeling hopeful that we will be able to stop the next pipeline proposal!
by Sandra Kaptain, EGG350.org At the People over Pipelines conference many other landowners spoke and I think their stories were among the most important parts of the weekend. As one Native American, Paul DeMain, told us: “Food is a gift of creation”, and this is noted in the Bible also. When the soil is toxic,… More People over Pipelines, Pt. 2
by Sandra Kaptain, EGG350.org A few of us from SOIL, Save Our Illinois Land, went to a conference People Over Pipelines, in Marshfield WI in October. I was skeptical when I went, especially since Enbridge is a multi-billion dollar corporation, and with all the financial support added from the Koch Bros. for fossil fuels… More People over Pipelines, Pt. 1
By Charlie Ryan, SOIL Secretary and Paul Berland, SOIL Board Member On Saturday, September 30, 2017, a clear, crisp, sunny Indiana morning, three members of SOIL joined 70 concerned citizens organized by 350 Indiana-Calumet to ‘Walk the Line’. We hiked the 10K route that follows one of Enbridge Corporation’s pipelines that carries oil sands… More Love Water, Not Oil! No Pipelines. No Fracking.
by Sandra Kaptain, EGG350.org I would like to share again my ‘love of dirt’—aka SOIL. Hard to say where this first started-growing up in a Michigan neighborhood that had farms, including my grandfathers small veggie farm, or gardening with Mom, and of course, before this, my sister and I doing our ‘baking’ with our sandy,… More Hi, I love LBMs!
by Mary Shesgreen Enbridge recently held an open house about pipeline safety at the Holiday Inn in Elgin. They invited people by sending out postcards. We don’t know how they chose the recipients of those post cards, but we were concerned about the meeting for a number of reasons. Enbridge’s history of leaks and spills… More Notes from SOIL adventures!
by Sandra Kaptain, EGG350.org As a SOIL member who grew up in MI across the street from my grandfather’s fruit and veggie farm and as a girl who grew up hiking in nearby woods that belonged to another farm/woods owner, and as a person who spent many hours sledding down hills on that farm, I… More Hi, I love dirt!
by Paul Berland The land in the Midwestern section of the United States of America is a truly beautiful and sacred land. There are many beautiful trees and wildlife that roam through this land: in my neck of the wood there are skunks, racoons, cats, dogs, squirrels, rabbits, of course mosquitos, many beautiful birds with… More Our Beautiful Land