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Enbridge, pipeline, public hearing, fossile fuels, renewable energy, Bemidji, Minnesota

Calgary-based Enbridge Energy plans to build an extension of its “Alberta Clipper” pipeline that runs from Alberta across Minnesota to Superior, Wis., in order to increase the crude oil flow into the US.  Ahead of a public hearing on March 7, 2017, several regional environmental groups held a "Solution Summit" in Bemidji,Minn., focusing on renewable energies as alternatives to fossil fuels.

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Enbridge, pipeline, public hearing, fossile fuels, renewable energy, Bemidji, Minnesota

At the "Solution Summit" at the Rail River Folk School, people from all walks of life expressed their determination to keeping the waters of Minnesota clean for future generations.

Enbridge, pipeline, public hearing, fossile fuels, renewable energy, Bemidji, Minnesota

Participants of the "Solution Summit" then walked about two miles in whiteout conditions to the public hearing.

Enbridge, pipeline, public hearing, fossile fuels, renewable energy, Bemidji, Minnesota

Blizzard conditions and freezing temperatures in Bemidji, Minn, March 7, 2017.


Enbridge, pipeline, public hearing,  fossile fuels, renewable energy, Bemidji, Minnesota

Participants of the "Solution Summit" on their way to the  public hearing.

Enbridge, pipeline, public hearing, fossile fuels, renewable energy, Bemidji, Minnesota

After arriving at the Sanford Center, the place of the public hearing, some Native American woman begin to perform a jingle dance in the fenced in “Free Speech Area” outside the center.

Enbridge, pipeline, public hearing, fossile fuels, renewable energy, Bemidji, Minnesota

Native American women perform a jingle dance in icy conditions outside the Sanford Center.

Enbridge, pipeline, public hearing, fossile fuels, renewable energy, Bemidji, Minnesota

A 45-day public comment period was placed by the State Department, including a public hearing in Bemidji, Minn. About 500 people showed up to voice their opinions on the pipeline extension. 

Enbridge, pipeline, public hearing, fossile fuels, renewable energy, Bemidji, Minnesota

At the public hearing people had the opportunity to express their opinion on the cause either via email, write them on provided paper forms, or talk to stenographers.

Enbridge, pipeline, public hearing, fossile fuels, renewable energy, Bemidji, Minnesota

While a stenographer helps attendees to get their opinion about the pipeline extension into the records, some kids killed time with playing. The final decision of the State Department will have to balance economic with environmental impacts. In any way it will effect the kids' future.

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