Line 5 Updates

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ACCEPTING COMMENTS ON ENBRIDGE’S LINE 5 PROPOSAL

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On January 6, the Army Corps of Engineers (a federal Agency within the Biden Administration) announced that it would be doing an individual permit on Enbridge’s application for a permit to fill wetlands and do horizontal directional drilling on the White River.  

Read Enbridge’s Application and the Army Corps Notice here.

THE ARMY CORPS IS ACCEPTING PUBLIC COMMENTS THROUGH MARCH 7.

Comments can be sent to:

  • Electronic comments may be submitted via email: [email protected]
    OR
  • St. Paul District Corps of Engineers, CEMVP-RD, 180 Fifth Street East, Suite 700, Saint Paul, MN 55101 1678.

They have not announced a public hearing, but a number of people and organizations are requesting one, so we’re hopeful we’ll have that opportunity later.


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HOW A SHODDY ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW COULD CAUSE A CATASTROPHIC OIL SPILL IN WISCONSIN

Wisconsin’s inadequate environmental analysis of Enbridge’s rushed and haphazard Line 5 pipeline reroute does grave injustice to frontline Tribal communities.

By Bala Sivaraman | January 31, 2022

“The White River and Bad River power the fisheries of Lake Superior and inside the watershed itself,” says Bad River Band Chairman Mike Wiggins, Jr. “If you’re trying to protect Lake Superior for the future, you have to start right in Bad River.” 


CITIZENS EXPOSE GROSS INADEQUACIES IN ENBRIDGE LINE 5 DRAFT EIS, TELL DNR TO DO THEIR JOB

February 6, 2022

Barbara With & Rebecca Kemble

On February 2, 2022, over 250 people attended the Wisconsin DNR public hearing to respond to the Enbridge Line 5 draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The replacement pipeline is being proposed to be built through the Bad River watershed on the shores of Lake Superior.

The 10-hour hearing revealed an overwhelming opposition to the project, with 147 people (88%) testifying against, and 20 (12%) in favor. 

Citizens who oppose the building of the pipeline through the Bad River watershed commented on the 400+ page statement, bringing to light the fatals flaws of Enbridge’s plan. There were repeated demands that the DNR do their job to address the myriad of deeper problems in the EIS.

THESE ARE SOME OF THE COMPLAINTS ABOUT WHAT IS LACKING IN THE DRAFT EIS AND WHAT THE DNR FAILED TO DO:

  • NO MEANINGFUL CONSULTATION WITH ALL THE TRIBES

  • NO CONSIDERATION OF TREATY RIGHTS

  • DID NOT WAIT FOR CULTURAL SURVEYS TO BE COMPLETED

  • DOES NOT ADDRESS WATER WITHDRAWALS REQUIRED FOR CONSTRUCTION AND PIPELINE TESTING

  • FAILED TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THE 20-YEAR LIFE SPAN OF THE PIPELINE

  • FAILS TO ADEQUATELY ADDRESS IMPACTS ON ENDANGERED SPECIES

  • FAILED TO ADDRESS THE IMPACT OF BLASTING THROUGH BEDROCK

  • FAILED TO ADDRESS WATER QUALITY STANDARDS

  • FAILED TO VERIFY THE CLAIMS MADE BY ENBRIDGE

  • FAILED TO ADDRESS THE CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT OF LINE 5

  • FAILED TO ADDRESS ENBRIDGE’S HISTORY OF SPILLS

  • FAILED TO ADDRESS ENBRIDGE’S TRACK RECORD OF ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE IN MINNESOTA FROM LINE 3 CONSTRUCTION

  • FAILED TO ADDRESS ENBRIDGE’S REFUSAL TO ABIDE BY MICHIGAN LAW

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