Enbridge is currently in the process of seeking approval to nearly double the capacity of the nearby Alberta Clipper toxic tar sands pipeline from its current 440,000 barrels per day up to 800,000 bpd. Not only will the Red Lake action take four pipelines offline, it is also setting precedent that pipeline expansion will not be tolerated! Not only that, but shutting down the illegal Enbridge pipelines may prevent millions of barrels of dirty tar sands from reaching market.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted in favor of increasing tar sands oil transportation across the northern portion of Minnesota on July 17. Stan Sattinger, member of MN350.org, compares this increase in tar sands oil to the combined exhausts of 5.5 million continuously operating cars.
Enbridge, the largest Canadian oil transport corporation, requested an increase of 27 percent, 120,000 barrels per day (bpd), boosting their total from 450,000 to 570,000 bpd in a pipeline operating since 2010. The majority of this oil is for export.
The deal must be okayed by President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry because it is an international transaction.
Meanwhile Enbridge already has paperwork in process for another increase—from 570,000 bpd to 880,000 bpd. In total it would be a 97.8 percent increase in the existing pipe requiring stronger pumping pressure and more pumping stations risking more oil spills.
This Enbridge pipeline would carry a greater volume than the Keystone XL, designed to move 830,000 bpd. The pipeline crosses the headwaters of the Mississippi five times and also intercepts the mother waters flowing north to Hudson Bay and east out the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.
As long as we keep pumping fossil oil we threaten the climate and political stability of the world.
The international Enbridge tar sands pipeline increase is not a regulatory issue; it is a political decision. Urge President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject Enbridge’s Minnesota tar sands oil pipeline increase.
- White House comment line is: 202 456-1111; or online here.
- State Department switchboard is: 202-647-4000, or online here.
- Tweet Opinions: @BarackObama @whitehouse @JohnKerry @StateDept
- Read the article by Susu Jeffrey, Keystone in Minnesota Enbridge and the “Alberta Clipper.”
- Link to map of planned Enbridge pipeline expansion in Minnesota and throughout the country here.
- See Also: Enbridge Blockade at Red Lake.