The report warns that higher capacity pipelines means more crude pumped at higher temperature and pressure, raising the risk of accidents.

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Further, in addition to the immediate impact of a spill, report author Sarah Milne warns that higher capacity pipelines further enable tar sands industry growth, “generating massive carbon pollution at a time when both the U.S. and Canada must transition away from dirty fuels and to renewable energy.”

“The risks are too high,” said Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. “Any spill, leak or explosion could have a devastating effect to the rich biodiversity and cultural diversity of northern Minnesota. The human rights of Native people in northern Alberta, Canada where this crude oil comes from are already being violated. There can be no reward when it comes to dirty oil that ruins the quality of water, ecosystems and the life of people.”

The release of the report comes ahead of an April 3 rally against the expansion to be held before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission public hearing in St. Paul, Minnesota.


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