“Dangerous anti-protest legislation is working its way through state assemblies all across the U.S., chipping away at the right to protest and undermining social justice movements. State legislators have introduced nearly 100 bills curbing your right to protest since the resistance at Standing Rock began. And if oil and gas companies get their way, Illinois… More Criminalizing pipeline resistance in Illinois
On May 21, JPMorgan Chase Bank held its annual shareholder meeting in downtown Chicago. Activists disrupted the meeting and rallied outside the offices. Thank you to everyone who was there for the protest. (https://news.wttw.com/2019/05/21/protesters-disrupt-chase-shareholder-meeting-over-financing-controversial-pipeline) Take action to amplify the divestment movement: If you have control over your retirement funds, divest from fossil fuel companies. If… More Activists Call to Divest
MN Line 3 updates The Minnesota Court of Appeals has thrown out the state Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) approval of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project. It determined that the EIS didn’t adequately address the potential impact of a spill in the Lake Superior watershed. Redoing the EIS is a… More Pipeline Resistance
Five Great Lakes governors wrote a letter this week to President Donald Trump’s administration opposing an executive order that eases energy regulations that also alters the Clean Water Act, making it easier to approve pipeline projects. The governors wrote that it is their “duty to safeguard the Great Lakes and other waters within their boundaries.… More Great Lakes Governors Letter supporting strong 401 Clean Water Act permit
Food & Water Watch’s “Fracking Endgame” report provides a detailed analysis of the fracked natural gas infrastructure buildout by surveying the power, petrochemical and gas export industries collectively. “What we see in this report is the industry blueprint for ensuring decades more of fossil fuel dominance over our society. If it becomes realized, the endgame… More Fracking Endgame
Enbridge estimate of $1.4 billion worst-case spill clean up cost based on 13 minute spill… As part of the conditional approval Enbridge received for the Line 3 Replacement pipeline, it was required to estimate the cost of a “worst case” spill, such as into the Mississippi River. The greatest portion of the total $1.4 billion… More Worst case estimate $1.4B
Our allies on the Wisconsin Safe Energy team have created a 2018 summary of actions taken up and down the Line 61 in WI and IL. You can download the full report here.
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!