Duluth, MN — The Indigenous Pipeline Council has launched a promising new vision for the future of energy in America.
Before a rapt local audience on Saturday, the native-led IPC outlined plans to reroute the last 19 miles of Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement through Duluth to a refinery terminus on the waterfront. Enbridge ceded the IPC logistical and financial control of this terminal segment as a gesture of goodwill to Native Americans for any damage the pipeline's 1,012 other miles might cause to sacred tribal lands.
"According to our Ancestral Instructions, we must share in both the bounty and the burden of all of life's gifts," said IPC CEO and Clan Father Carl Iron Eyes. "That's what our pipeline does: it helps all of us share a bit more equally in not only the benefits, but also the risks, of the energy transport that America needs."
The 19-mile terminal route cuts a jagged but efficient path through golf courses, cemeteries, and neighborhoods in the shape of the sacred Ojibwe Storm-Bird’s wing, with intermediate egress valves at each apex. "In our stories, the Storm-Bird creates energy with its wings for the earth's seven quadrants," said IPC CTO and Clan Father Coyote Mick Tomi. "The wing's shape happens to be perfect for our staggered offloading technology, which ensures a much safer operation."
View presentation, complete with transcript, here.