Enbridge’s plan for an expanded, relocated tar sands pipeline is getting help from high places. - From ThinkProgress
Not only did the move complicate the country’s efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas footprint, but it also paved the way for a pipeline project through northern Minnesota, through native treaty land, and through some of the only wild rice waters in the world.
Many say the rider, and a slew of others like it, are the Republican-controlled legislature’s attempt to do an end-run around the environmental review process, and environmentalists want to know why, amid a troubled oil industry outlook, lawmakers would seek to prop up an oil transmission project.
The court found that the PUC must do the review before issuing a certificate of need, which determines whether “the proposed facility is in the best interest of the state’s citizens.” Enbridge estimates it will spend $2.6 billion on the U.S.
The group calls Garofalo’s rider and the two others that would limit the PUC’s oversight “outrageous” and is pushing Minnesota’s legislature, governor, and the general public to reject the measures.
The NAS report found that the spills are harder to clean up and more damaging to the environment than other oil spills, which themselves are no easy task.