Join us for yet another exciting pair of regulatory hearings, this time in Superior, Wisconsin! On Thursday, March 10, the Wisconsin DNR (Department of Natural Resources) will host public hearings and take comments on the draft EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) they recently released for Enbridge's proposed Sandpiper and Line 3 pipeline corridor. There will be 2 hearings, at 4:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m, at the Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave., 1/2 block south of Belknap Street.
This is the DRAFT of the EIS. Before releasing the final, they are supposed to make changes based on the public comments we make. The final EIS will then be used for all of Enbridge's permit applications in Wisconsin. So it is important that we make our voices heard now.
The draft Wisconsin EIS is a sorry excuse for an environmental study that sounds like it was written by Enbridge themselves. And there is no reason for Wisconsin to produce a separate EIS in the first place - about a very small piece of the pipeline - when their neighbor, Minnesota, is just beginning its own. This kind of fragmentation is how governments shirk responsibility for the real impacts of the infrastructure they are permitting.
Honor the Earth and its allies stand in opposition to this proposed pipeline corridor, which would poison our water and our sacred manoomin (wild rice), and devastate our Mother Earth with more climate chaos. We call for an integrated EIS that includes tribal governments and federal agencies, and looks across imaginary lines to assess impact FROM WELLS TO WHEELS. A decent study would show clearly that these pipelines are bad ideas for all of us.
We are working on a list of problems with the draft EIS and talking points for these hearings. We will post them soon!
For more info on the Sandpiper/Line 3 corridor, visit our website:www.honorearth.org/pipelines
The draft environmental impact statement is here: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/EIA/Enbridge.html.
And here is the Wisconsin DNR release about these hearings: http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3874
You can give your comments by speaking OR in writing. You can also (before March 25) email them to DNROEEAAComments@wisconsin.gov, or mail them to:
Jeff Schimpff (EA/7)
Madison, WI 53707-7921
As always, fell free to Rock Your Mocs!