Energy & Environment

DFL lawmakers ask pollution control agency to suspend key Enbridge Line 3 permit

BY: - July 28, 2021

Thirty-two state lawmakers sent a letter to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Tuesday, requesting the agency suspend a key permit for Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline until the ongoing drought lifts. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor legislators — including Rep. Rena Moran, DFL-St. Paul, who is the chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee — also asked […]

Democrats unite around ‘climate corps’ that could employ youth, prevent fires

BY: - July 26, 2021

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged on last week to include a Civilian Climate Corps in a $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill later this year, as a broad swath of Democrats rallied around a framework of employing thousands of young people to do conservation work. Schumer, D-N.Y., appeared with a handful of congressional Democrats, led […]

Winona LaDuke released from jail after three days amid Enbridge Line 3 protests

BY: - July 22, 2021

Ojibwe activist and former Green Party vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke was released from jail Thursday after her arrest Monday while protesting construction of an oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. She and six other women were sitting together praying on an easement and protesting construction of the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline near Park Rapids […]

U.S. House passes PFAS bill regulating ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation that would regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water, as well as designate two types of those toxic chemicals as hazardous substances that would spark federal cleanup standards.  The bill, H.R. 2467, also known as the PFAS Action Act of 2021, passed 241-183, with 23 Republicans […]

As Congress tries to regulate ‘forever chemicals,’ local water systems push back

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Local water utilities worried about getting hit with lawsuits and high cleanup costs are stepping up their lobbying of Congress as lawmakers move to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, has garnered bipartisan support and two Michigan lawmakers, Reps. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat, and […]

Minnesota park recognized as sacred cemetery

BY: - July 19, 2021

As far back as Samantha “Sam” Odegard can remember, Indian Mounds Park was an example of how sacred sites have been desecrated, in this case for people’s recreation. Odegard, a tribal historic preservation officer for the Upper Sioux Community, or Pezihutazizi Oyate, helped the city of St. Paul, Minnesota conduct a cultural landscape study about […]

U.S. House to vote on next week on expanding PFAS regulation, backers say

BY: - July 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress and Biden administration officials at a conference on Wednesday outlined how they’re attempting to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water — including an upcoming vote in the U.S. House. EPA Administrator Michael Regan, a former top environmental official in North Carolina, said the agency is currently in the process […]

‘We’re here to ask for help’: Tribal leaders urge Walz to block Line 3

BY: - July 15, 2021

White Earth Nation leadership traveled to the state Capitol Wednesday, calling on Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and President Joe Biden to meet with them, government to government, about Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. The Capitol rotunda was draped with signs reading “honor the treaties” and echoed with chants of “stop Line 3” from […]

Biden’s public lands pick nears crucial vote in growing Senate confirmation fight

BY: - July 12, 2021

Republican senators during the past few weeks led sustained attacks on President Joe Biden’s choice to head up the Bureau of Land Management, zeroing in on the Montanan’s Twitter feed, her graduate thesis that included a mock-up for an advertisement for population control and her ties to a 1989 tree-spiking incident. But Tracy Stone-Manning’s confirmation […]

Sulfide mining advocates say they’ll deliver jobs, but how many?

BY: - July 8, 2021

The late Gov. Rudy Perpich, the favorite son of the Iron Range, coined the phrase, “jobs, jobs, jobs” in response to the downturn in the mining economy in the 1980s. It’s been the dominant theme of politics in northeastern Minnesota ever since.  And it’s driving debate about two controversial copper-nickel mines proposed in the Duluth […]

Celebrities pen letter urging Biden to cancel Line 3 pipeline project

BY: - July 7, 2021

More than 200 celebrities, activists, writers and wealthy democratic donors sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to halt construction on Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. The list of signatories includes Katy Perry, Danny Glover, Leonardo DiCaprio and Amy Schumer. They call on Biden to make other moves toward sustainable […]

State to cover nearly $30 million in county costs for Enbridge tax settlement

BY: - July 1, 2021

The state of Minnesota will pay Canadian energy company Enbridge nearly $30 million to cover northern counties’ costs from a tax case settlement.  The deal — a last-minute addition to the state tax budget, passed by the Legislature early Thursday — is a big relief for 13 counties. They were each set to pay Enbridge […]