Honor the Earth Launches ‘Love Water Not Oil’ Northern Tour
Thursday, August 07 2014
Written by Alyssa Hoppe, Honor the Earth,
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love water not oil tour frank waln.jpg DULUTH, Minn. – From August to September, Honor the Earth will sponsor an organizing and outreach tour in northern Minnesota, aimed at engaging communities and summer residents along the Enbridge proposed Sandpiper pipeline, one of many tar sands and fracked oil pipelines proposed to cross the North Country.

The 610-mile Sandpiper pipeline, projected at running 375,000 barrels per day, would cut through the chain of lakes south of Park Rapids and Walker, towards Brainerd and McGregor and snake back up to the Duluth and Superior area.

The company is proposing to transition from the northern corridor along Highway 2, which presently has six pipelines, to a new corridor, led by their proposal for the Sandpiper Line, through important and sensitive territory. The Enbridge Company is determined to move oil from places where there is no infrastructure and is showing determination in ways which Northerners may not like.

To support the mounting resistance to the Enbridge proposals, Honor the Earth has a two week drive of literature, events, press, music and action planned from Aug. 14 to Sept. 5 through the Lakes region and then on to North Dakota.

Musical performances to begin on Aug. 14 at Tom’s Burned Down Café on Madeline Island. The event will feature three Native musicians: Frank Waln, Sonny Johnson, Pura Fe and Allison Warden. Their performances will launch the musical portion of the tour, with the larger organizing component stretching from East Lake/ Rice Lake Refuge on the Mille Lacs reservation to Rice Lake on the White Earth reservation. The organizing campaign will feature educational and outreach presentations on the Enbridge pipeline proposals.

The music tour will be joined with horse riders who will travel through northern communities in Minnesota, drawing attention to the issues and engaging with citizens. Michael Dahl, organizer with Honor the Earth said, “Political and social participation will be the driving force that protects the waters of the North Country from corporate greed.”

love water not oil tour pura fe.jpg Honor the Earth’s organizing and outreach will then move to North Dakota, the source of the Enbridge proposed Sandpiper pipeline and focus on capacity building event in the Northern Plains, at the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association and the Fort Berthold reservation.

Honor the Earth is in the midst of a major campaign to oppose the Enbridge expansions of the tar sands and fracked oil pipelines in northern Minnesota. The organization, along with First Nations, tribal communities, harvesters, local churches, civic groups and organizations have joined together to form the Sandpiper Alliance.

The project is opposed by all Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota and the Coalition of Lake Associations. This tour will increase local knowledge and political and social pressure on the regulatory agencies and is combined with an extensive policy and regulatory intervention strategy undertaken by Honor the Earth, with allied organizations like Friends of the Headwaters.

The Sandpiper and Line 3 proposals would pierce the heart of lake country, with a potential for one million barrels of oil a day to be shipped through a line which is inaccessible to service or protection. The company’s preferred route will cut across the most substantial wild rice beds in northern Minnesota, ending in Superior, Wisconsin.

There, the oil will sit on the shore of Lake Superior with the immanent threat of tankers and port terminal proposals for Lake Superior, which would put over one hundred oil tankers or barges on Lake Superior annually.

Additional pipeline expansions are proposed on the east side of the Superior refinery, to feed into the Great Lakes, along with seventeen refinery expansion proposals. None of this infrastructure is prepared for tar sands or Bakken oil. There has not been an oil tanker on the lake since l950, and many groups are advocating that there should not be one now.

Please see all community events, information sessions, and music planned for the Protectors of the environment in the attached “Love Water Not Oil Full Tour Schedule.” For more information on the Sandpiper or how to make contributions to help with legal efforts, please visit www.honorearth.org.

Love Water Not Oil Tour

Aug. 13-15

Winona’s Birthday Bash on Madeline Island, Wis.; Aug. 13, 8:30 p.m., screening of the film “Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff.”

Aug. 14-15

Live Music, Thom's Burned Down Cafe, Madeline Island, Wis., two blocks from the Ferry Dock, 6 p.m. Performances by Frank Waln, Pura Fe, Sonny Johnson, Allison Warden, aka AKUMATU.

Aug. 16

Sandpiper Information Meeting, 6 p.m., Trepanier Hall, 202 W. 2nd St., Duluth, MN. Live music, 7 p.m., Frank Waln, Pura Fe and Sonny Johnson.

Aug. 18

Horse Ride for Mother Earth, Rice Lake to East Lake Community Center, 20650 367th Lane, McGregor, MN. Rally/Press Event, 3 p.m.; Community Potluck, 5 p.m., items appreciated; Sandpiper Information Session with Winona LaDuke, 6 p.m.; Live music by Frank Waln, Pura Fe and Sonny Johnson, 7 p.m.

Aug. 19

Horse Ride for Mother Earth, East Lake Community Center to Brainerd Northland Aboretum, 14250 Conservation Drive, Brainerd, MN. Rally/Press Event, 3 p.m. (time is flexible to accommodate horses); Community Potluck, 5 p.m., items appreciated; Sandpiper Information Session with Winona LaDuke, 6 p.m.; Live music by Frank Waln, Pura Fe and Sonny Johnson, 7 p.m.

Aug. 20

Ride from Gull Lake to Pine River. Rally/Press Event, 1 p.m. (time is flexible to accommodate horses), location TBD; Sandpiper Information Session with Winona LaDuke, 6 p.m., Backus High School, 810 First St. N., Pine River, MN. Live music by Frank Waln, Sonny Johnson, 7 p.m.

Aug. 21

Ride from Pine River to Hackensack; Rally/Press Event, 1 p.m. (time is flexible to accommodate horses), Corner Store, 402 Wren Trl NW, Backus, MN; Live music by Annie Humphrey, Sonny Johnson and special guests, 7 p.m., Northern Lights Casino, 6800 Y Frontage Road NW, Walker, MN.

Aug. 25

Ride from Walker to Park Rapids. Rally/press event, 5 p.m., location TBD.

Aug. 26

Ride from Park Rapids to Itasca State Park East Entrance. Press Event/Community Potluck, 5 p.m. 36750 Main Park Drive, Park Rapids, MN; Sandpiper Information Session with Winona LaDuke, 6 p.m.

Aug. 27

Ride from Itasca State Park to Mississippi Headwaters. Press Event, 11 a.m., 36750 Main Park Drive, Park Rapids, MN; Ride from Big Bear Landing to Rice Lake, 2 p.m.; Community Feast and Powwow, 6 p.m.

For more information, call 612-385-1557 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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