Posts By: Matt Doll

Line 3 fight returns to Legislature, continues in appeals

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Last month, Governor Tim Walz announced that his administration would allow the Department of Commerce to continue an appeal – begun under the Dayton Administration – of the Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) decision to grant a Certificate of Need for the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. This week, the Minnesota Senate passed… Read more »

Legislature considers restoring citizen oversight tool in the MPCA Citizens’ Board

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership In the last evening hours of the legislative session in 2015, Minnesota citizens lost their voice. The Citizens’ Board was established in 1967 alongside the creation of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and for 48 years existed as an avenue for 8 citizens appointed by the Governor and approved… Read more »

Letter of support for HF 973 – Restoring the MPCA Citizens’ Board

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To: Members of the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota Senate Re: MPCA Citizens’ Board March 21, 2019 Dear Members, We are writing to express our strong support for House File 973 and Senate File 627 to reestablish the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) Citizens’ Board. The Citizens’ Board was established in 1967 with the… Read more »

Letter of Opposition to SF 1757 — Defunding Department of Commerce appeal of Line 3

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To: Senate Finance Committee Re: Please Oppose SF 1757 March 21, 2019 Dear Senator: As organizations who are working to accelerate the urgent transition to clean energy in Minnesota, we are in opposition to SF 1757. The Line 3 “replacement” project is a proposal by Enbridge Energy to build a new oil pipeline through northern… Read more »

Climate Action rising around the world, in Minnesota

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By Matt Doll and Sara Wolff – Minnesota Environmental Partnership Anna Grace Hottinger addresses the rally at Clean Energy & Climate Action Day, along with Tiger Worku (left) and MEP’s Steve Morse (right) (Photo credit: Climate Generation) As the consequences of climate change grow increasingly apparent in our communities, the issue has inspired an unprecedented level of… Read more »

Letter of Support for HF 2061 – Fully Funding the Forever Green Initiative

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To: House Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division Re: Support for University of Minnesota Forever Green Initiative (HF 2061) March 14, 2019 Dear Representative, We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to express our strong support for HF 2061, which provides full funding for the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Initiative. The Forever Green Initiative: The… Read more »

Bipartisan bills fix Environmental Trust Fund raid, restore voter trust

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By Matt Doll – Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Tuesday, Governor Walz signed legislation, passed with bipartisan support at the Capitol, to responsibly fund a series projects, including  water and waste infrastructure, and entirely fix the raid on the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. This agreement worked out by both Houses of the Legislature and the… Read more »

Walz Administration vows action on clean energy, Minnesotans to rally on climate action March 13

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By Matt Doll – Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Monday, Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced a new plan to put Minnesota on the path to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. Joined by legislators, state agencies leaders and advocates, including Executive Director Michael Noble of MEP member Fresh Energy, they declared their commitment to… Read more »

MEP News Release: Walz Administration Clean Energy Plan

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 4, 2019 MEDIA CONTACT:Sara Wolff, Advocacy DirectorMinnesota Environmental Partnershipsara@mepartnership.org, 651-789-0651 Walz Administration clean energy plan offers an important step forward This morning Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced a new plan to put Minnesota on the path to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. We are excited to see this administration making… Read more »