Letter: Influence of the oil lobbyists
Regarding the March 28, 2015 Enterprise headline, "Certificate of Need ruling on Sandpiper pipeline expected April 13":
The commentary provided on April 13 will be part of a quasi-judicial approval process designed by the Department of Commerce. However, there won't be a definitive ruling on Enbridge's application for a Certificate of Need until June when the commissioners at the Public Utilities Commission make their decision.
Last year Enbridge spent over $1.2 million just lobbying Minnesota government. It's very difficult to thwart the influence that kind of money can buy. http://www.sctimes.com/story/watchdog/2015/03/17/groups-report-amount-sp...
In an effort to provide Minnesota with more accurate information, the Environmental Quality Board, together with 30 specialists from 11 state agencies (including the DNR and the MPCA), recently created a report that addresses the economics of oil transportation; environmental and human health impacts; spill prevention, preparedness, emergency response and safety and pipeline approvals. I encourage you to read it. https://www.eqb.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/documents/Interagency%20...