Honor the Earth Launches ‘Love Water Not Oil’ Northern Tour


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


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


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,


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 hoppe.as@gmail.com.