Back in 2009 Enbridge Energy L.P. received a Presidential Permit to construct the Alberta Clipper Pipeline and the Southern Lights Diluent Pipeline.
The Alberta Clipper Pipeline was completed and operational in 2010 and carries 440, 000 Barrels per day (bpd) of DilBit (Diluted Bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands). Enbridge is currently seeking permits to increase the amount of DilBit per day to 570,000 bpd, with plans to increase it to 800,000 bpd. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MNPUC) and the US Department of State(DOS) both have to issue permits before the expansion can happen.
In 2008, the
and Fond-du-Lac Tribes
signed 20 year easements with Enbridge and received payment. Leech Lake
Although the Red Lake Nation has not signed any easements or agreements with Enbridge, the company trespassed, and illegally constructed and maintained pipelines on
ceded lands, near the town of Red Lake , MN. The Alberta Clipper and
Southern Lights Pipelines were also constructed in these ceded lands. Leonard
In 2011 this issue was brought to light and the Red Lake Tribal Council has now offered Enbridge an easement settlement in the amount of $10 million dollars. Enbridge has counter offered
$375,000. Red Lakerejected
the counter offer and then issued a cease and desist order through the BIA.
Enbridge and Red Lakeare now in an additional round of negotiations. Red Lake
The Red Lake Nation has considered several different options, including; Land exchange, Signing an easement with a mutually agreed upon payment; charging Enbridge with trespassing; Injunctions stopping the flow of the oil in the pipelines, and; Removal of the pipelines from the ceded lands altogether.
Stopping the expansion would be a vital link to slowing down the environmental destruction and negative health impacts to First Nations and other communities in the tar sands region of Alberta Canada. Just last week the Canadian Government issued the results of an independent study on water pollution downstream of the tar sands. The Government and industry have always maintained that the tar sands mining and activities have not polluted surrounding waters, but this new study shows chemical pollution 2.5 times to 23 times the legal limits in waters up to 50 miles away from tar sands pollution sources.
Enbridge is currently seeking permission to reverse the flow of other pipelines across the
and building additional pipelines,
in order to facilitate the transportation of tar sands oil to the East Coast
and to the US Gulf
for export outside the . So the increase in the
Alberta Clipper would only act as a supplier to these lines and become an
export pipeline. US
When we stop this expansion project, we will deliver a severe blow to Enbridge’s long-term plans and delay the environmental destruction due to the Tar Sands in