Oil Pipeline Regulation Process "Not Working" Say Environmentalists
Last month more than 250 people marched to Enbridge’s offices in Duluth to deliver a letter asking the oil company to delay expansion of its pipelines until full environmental impact statements had been completed. Enbridge staff refused to read the letter and called police, who arrested seven of the demonstrators for trespassing.
On Tuesday, four of those arrested got a chance to tell the media what they wanted to tell Enbridge.
“We’re here because we’ve been playing by the rules in this pipeline process for three years and it’s not working,” said Honor The Earth organizer Thane Maxwell. “The regulatory process of the state is profoundly dysfunctional. Enbridge’s own process is disrespectful and aggressive, dishonest and in violation of their own policy on consultation and relationships with native people.”