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Programs hightlight gas, oil exploitation

In an effort to provide information on the proposed Enbridge pipeline expansion into northern Cass County, and gas and oil exploitation concerns across the country, Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Happy Dancing Turtle in Pine River partnered to present three programs.

The first was the showing of “Dirty Oil,” an expose of the tar sands development in Alberta, Canada, where most of our oil originates, and the effects of this mining on the environment and the people of the region.

The second meeting, just concluded last Friday, was a slide presentation by Marty Cobemais, board member of the Minnesota Sierra Club. He gave a history of pipeline building in Minnesota. He gave documented instances of pipeline leaks, some major, and the likelihood of their occurrences in our farmlands and watersheds seems inevitable.

Any way you look at this, not to try to address these predictable outcomes seems the ultimate in social irresponsibility. But at least we can assume responsibility for what we can, as individuals, do. And we can ask for corporate responsibility as well.

The final program on Dec. 6 will be the showing of “Gasland,” a film about gas wells in the United States. Thanks to all the participants who came with their questions and concerns.

Mary DeYoung,

News director,

Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

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