Minnesota Governor Walz Rises to First Climate Leadership Test in Committing to Refile Line 3 Appeal
February 12, 2019
February 12, 2019 — In response to Governor Tim Walz’s announcement that his administration will take the first steps towards refiling the state Department of Commerce’s appeal to Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline expansion project, Greenpeace USA Tar Sands Campaigner Rachel Rye Butler said:
“Today, Governor Walz has made a decision that Minnesotans can be proud of. By committing to refile the state’s appeal to Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline expansion, he’s rightly putting Indigenous rights, our global climate, and the water resources for thousands of Minnesotans before fossil fuel industry profits. Coming just days after progressive leaders in Washington introduced a bold resolution for a Green New Deal to fight climate change and boost the economy, our elected officials are finally showing the kind of leadership we need to combat the climate crisis.
“Minnesotans have clearly voiced that they do not want this dirty pipeline, and Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan showed today that they are listening. Today’s decision is a good first step. Now they have a chance to stop Line 3 for good and jump-start a community-led, just transition to a green energy economy in Minnesota.”
Ryan Schleeter, Senior Communications Specialist, Greenpeace USA: +1 (415) 342-2386, [email protected]