Contact: Thistle Pettersen, 608- 316-5822, for MAMA; Ben Peterson, (410) 980-4660, for 350-Madison Climate Action Team.

Pipeline Fighters’ Benefit Extravaganza

The nation’s attention has been riveted on the courageous acts of the Standing Rock Sioux to protect the

waters of the Missouri River from Energy Transfer Partner’s Dakota Access Pipeline crossing it. While

continued construction of that pipeline has been halted at least temporarily, a pipeline expansion with

similar threats to bodies of water right here in Wisconsin is currently taking place. Enbridge Energy,

which operates Line 61, is tripling the capacity of that line from the original 400,000 barrels per day

(bpd) to 1.2 million bpd. Some of the same troubling facts that faced the tribe in North Dakota have now

arrived on Wisconsin’s doorstep.

Inspired by the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies, local activists from Madison Action for

Mining Alternatives (MAMA) and 350 Madison Climate Action Team will host the Pipeline

Fighters’ Benefit Extravaganza on February 4, 2017 at the Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St. in

Madison. This family friendly event is intended to raise awareness of the Enbridge pipeline

expansion through Wisconsin and to build the legal defense funds to stop it.

Enbridge’s plans don’t stop with Line 61. Plans are under way to “twin” Line 61, creating a new line (66)

in the same corridor, to carry 800,000bpd. This means that 2 million barrels of toxic tar sands, by and

large destined for export, would flow through Wisconsin each day.

“We know the dangers and inevitability of tar sands spills,” said Ben Peterson of 350 Madison. “It’s no

longer a matter of “if” there will be a spill, but “when” and then we’ll be left with pollution to our air and

waterways and the price of clean-up. It’s an all risk, no reward situation. We believe that the more

citizens learn about the facts at an event like the Pipeline Fighters Benefit Extravaganza, the better

chance we’ll have to stop these irresponsible actions before it’s too late.”

The Pipeline Fighters’ Benefit Extravaganza will kick-off with an Art Build at 10:00am. All wanting to

make engaging political posters, banners, puppets are invited.

The afternoon program starts at 5:00pm with a welcome and opening ceremony followed by a meal of

foods that would be threatened by a pipeline spill. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early; only the

first 100 will be able to be served.

Speakers include Ronni Monroe, founding member of the Wisconsin Tar Sands Action Coalition, and Peter

Anderson of 350 Madison Climate Action Team.

Musical acts will then take the stage until midnight. Performances will feature the local talents of Tani

Diakite and the Afro-Funkstars, Thistle & Thorns, the Solidarity Singers, Chandraya Dance Collective,

Solidarity Singers, Raging Grannies, and 350 Madison Players’ production of Walker’s Bribery Game.

A silent auction will run throughout the event; guests will be able to bid on exceptional crafts and other

items from local artists and businesses. Representatives of grassroots environmental groups will be on

hand with literature and ways to get involved. A game of Environmental Jeopardy and a piñata smashing

for kids will punctuate the day.

The Pipeline Fighters’ Benefit Extravaganza will be held at the Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St,

Madison, WI. The morning Art Build begins at 10:00am. Afternoon activities and musical acts will

run from 5:00pm through Midnight. The suggested donation is $25 at the door and $10 for

students and limited-income. Children under 8 are free.

MAMA is a Madison coalition supporting communities struggling against mining in Wisconsin. 350 Madison Climate Action Team

is the local branch of, an international grassroots organization that is mobilizing a global climate movement. 350 parts

per million (ppm) of CO2 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.


  • Occurred Saturday, February 4th, 2017 @ 10:00 am