Enbridge Line #5 Pipeline Threatens Great Lakes; Public Comment Needed

December 27, 2016 by Barbara With

Line #5 running through Washburn County.

Line #5 running through Bayfield County.

The US Forest Service is accepting public comments until January 6, 2017 regarding the permitting of the portion of Enbridge Energy Partners pipeline Line #5 that runs through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest north of Highway 2 in Bayfield County, Wisconsin. The permit includes 11.5 miles of pipeline and spans roughly 71 acres of public land.

Comments can be submitted by calling, emailing, and writing letters to the Washburn Ranger Station:

CALL: USFS Project Jonathan McNeill (715)762-5154

EMAIL: comments-eastern-chequamegon-nicolet-washburn@fs.fed.us
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us

WRITE: USFS Project  Jonathan McNeill
Washburn Ranger District
113 Bayfield St. East
Washburn, WI, 54891

Jonathan McNeill
Project Manager
500 Hanson Lake Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Contact the Washburn Forest Service and tell them:

1) Do not renew Enbridge’s permit for Line #5.
2) Require Enbridge to remove Line #5 from USFS land.
3) Request a Public Hearing in Bayfield County regarding the permit before a decision is made by the USFS.

pipelines

Map: Woodtv.com

Background

Enbridge Line #5 runs hundreds of miles through Wisconsin, Canada and Michigan, transporting 23 million gallons of light crude and liquid natural gas each day. At 63 years old, it sits underneath the Straits of Mackinac coated in layers of invasive zebra mussels and is subject to the random currents of the Great Lakes. Environmentalists say a spill would devastate economy of all five Great Lakes.

Bad River pipelines

Bad River pipelines

Bad River Reservation: Enbridge has been operating with an expired permit for the portion of Line #5 that runs through the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation. Not only did the pipeline’s permit expired in 2013, Line #5 was built in 1953 and is 13 years beyond its 50-year life expectancy. The line carries 540,000 barrels of Alberta Tar Sands oil each day and poses an extreme risk to the Penokee and Ashland County watershed.

Straits of Mackinac, Michigan: In April 2016, 22 environmental and tribal groups formally requested that Michigan Govenor Snyder and Attorney General Schuette shut down Line #5 in the Straits of Mackinac based on Enbridge’s multiple easement violations. On January 1, 2017 beginning at 12 AM, there will be 24-hour prayer vigil at the 100-year high water mark near the Mackinaw Bridge between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

Kalamazoo, MI: July 2016 marked the five-year anniversary of the Kalamazoo spill from Enbridge Line #6B, which sent 843,000 gallons of crude tar sands oil into the tributary of the Kalamazoo River. In the video below, John Bolenbaugh blows the whistle on Enbridge, documenting their cover up of the spill. His investigation was reported by a Michigan news station, which forced Enbridge to continue their clean up, which they claimed they had already completed. Bolenbaugh was a former employee for an oil spill clean-up company that contracted with Enbridge.

 

 

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29 Comments on “Enbridge Line #5 Pipeline Threatens Great Lakes; Public Comment Needed”

  1. Jolene Desson December 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

    No more pipelines!

    • wcmcoop December 28, 2016 at 10:49 am #

      Please make sure to send your comments to the USFS

      EMAIL: comments-eastern-chequamegon-nicolet-washburn@fs.fed.us

      WRITE: USFS Project Jonathan McNeill, Washburn Ranger Station, 113 Bayfield Street East, Washburn, WI 54891

    • Paige Hale December 28, 2016 at 7:49 pm #

      To those involved,

      Enbridge is not a truthful company. They had the whistle blown on them by a clean-up contractor. They had claimed that they were finished with the clean-up of the spill in Kalamazoo.

      It was exposed that this was not the truth. Because of West Michigan news stations, they resumed a clean-up that they had lied about being done.

      Enbridge has been operating with an expired permit on part of Line #5 since 2013. Line #5 was built in 1953. The people now have these requests:

      1) Do not renew Enbridge’s permit for Line #5.
      2) Require Enbridge to remove Line #5 from USFS land.
      3) Schedule a Public Hearing in Bayfield County regarding the permit before a decision is made by the USFS.

      Conclusively,
      West Michigan

      recipients: comments-eastern-chequamegon-nicolet-washburn@fs.fed.us,
      jdmcneill@fs.fed.us

      titled: Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership Proposal

  2. Maehki December 27, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

    ABSOLUTELY NOT !

  3. Verona December 27, 2016 at 11:50 pm #

    OMG!!! We need to STOP ENBRIDGE!!! RIGHT thru a NATIONAL PARK??!!! REALY??!!! What gives them the right?? This is MY homeland….given to me by my Creator!!! I will ALWAYS fight against them!!! Wake up people…..WATER IS LIFE!!!

  4. justmesuzanneesltutor December 28, 2016 at 2:58 am #

    Please do not renew Enbridge’s permit for Line #5. It is sheer insanity to run oil pipelines through public land and through major water sources such as the Great Lakes. These pipelines should ALL be removed and the fossil fuel industry should be made to pay for the removal and the cleanup of all the environmental damage they have caused. Enbridge MUST remove Line #5 from USFS land. A Public Hearing must be held in Bayfield County regarding the permit before a decision is made by the USFS.

    Furthermore, it is a travesty that Enbridge is permitted to damage and destroy the Bad River Reservation and that they have had the gall to do so with no permit since 2013. Enbridge must be required to remove their ancient, decrepit pipelines, clean up the area, pay for the cleanup and damages.

    Fossil fuel is a dead dinosaur. Fossil fuel executives know very well that it is OBSOLETE, so they rush to install infrastructure all over our nation to force US to keep on using this destructive, expensive, dangerous form of energy. The fossil fuel industry needs to clean up its act and move into the 21st Century.

    NO MORE OIL!
    NO MORE COAL!
    NO MORE NATURAL GAS!
    NO MORE PIPELINES!
    NO MORE DRILLING!
    NO MORE MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL!
    NO MORE FRACKING!

    CLEAN, RENEWABLE ENERGY FROM HEMP, THE SUN AND THE WIND NOW!

    THEY ARE OUR ONLY HOPE FOR ANY FUTURE!

  5. Jennie Kimber December 28, 2016 at 6:31 am #

    Please stop all the pipelines. We’re killing this earth

  6. Yvonne Hertzberger December 28, 2016 at 7:40 am #

    Pipelines threaten water everywhere, which in turn threatens the survival of ecosystems and our clean water supply. We MUST reduce our dependence on oil AND find other ways to transport the oil we depend on.

  7. cindy streeter December 28, 2016 at 9:02 am #

    It is time to consider the removal of the number 5 pipeline. It is past its safe usage time. I am not anti oil. I am for clean water. Our water sources are being depleated and poisoned by bigmbusiness and it must stop. The forestry dept and our people in washington need to look out for us all. Not just big business. Please do the right thing and remove this pipeline. Our resources arent just oil and gas. They are wildlife, water, and we need the forests to be protected. Our Great Lakes as well. Thank you for listening.

  8. Molly Bradshaw December 28, 2016 at 9:06 am #

    Stop Line 5! We do not want it! We want clean water, for generations to come! Line 5 does not belong under our fresh water sources! Clean energy is the only way!

  9. Lou-Anne Thomas December 28, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    At the rate those who honor and worship capitalism in this country, that’s the rate we are totally destroying ourselves and our environment. We’re literally dying here. Big business does not give one damn about people nor environment, nor the health of the planet. The only thing that matters to them is money. Are these not crimes against humanity? This is nothing short of starting a war. How else are we going to fight this? This has been going on for far too long. It is unconscionable and unbelievable that this is allowed to continue. These companies and their pipelines need to be stopped now and charged for the heinous crimes they’ve committed. For the love of God and country stop Enbridge, stop all pipelines, NOW! They are criminals, all of them.

  10. Debra Johnson December 28, 2016 at 10:52 am #

    Thank you for the opportunity to speak on this very important topic. I do not believe corporations have the will or desire to preserve and protect this fragile planet, money is and always will be their objective, so needless to say i am totally against this pipeline. Alternative fuel sources need to be actively pursued to meet the human energy needs and to preserve and protect this very fragile planet that so many life forms call home.

  11. Joe Ireland December 29, 2016 at 7:43 am #

    They need to shut it down it was not to be in as long as it has been there .. If it leaks it will hurt a lot of our fishers ,wild life and a lot of Rice beads .. Me and my family gather Monoomin / Wild rice each year as wall as a lot of others and wild life if line 5 leaks it will be all gone .. we need line #5 shut down now ” to day ” not in just a little bit NOW Please

  12. Stacey Brooks December 29, 2016 at 8:06 am #

    Please do not renew Enbridge’s permit for Line #5. It is sheer insanity to run oil pipelines through public land and through major water sources such as the Great Lakes. These pipelines should ALL be removed and the fossil fuel industry should be made to pay for the removal and the cleanup of all the environmental damage they have caused. Enbridge MUST remove Line #5 from USFS land. A Public Hearing must be held in Bayfield County regarding the permit before a decision is made by the USFS.

    Furthermore, it is a travesty that Enbridge is permitted to damage and destroy the Bad River Reservation and that they have had the gall to do so with no permit since 2013. Enbridge must be required to remove their ancient, decrepit pipelines, clean up the area, pay for the cleanup and damages.

  13. Karen Smith December 31, 2016 at 10:45 am #

    Have you finally lost any sense of reason and respect for the planet that sustains us?

    U.S. Forest Service you are in the drivers seat. PLEASE DO NOT RENEW the permit that includes the portion of Enbridge Energy Partners pipeline Line #5 that runs through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest north of Highway 2 in Bayfield County, Wisconsin. The permit includes 11.5 miles of pipeline and spans roughly 71 acres of public land.

    Hey Enbridge, want to make tons of cash? Stop pushing the dying black fossil fuel snake and place your bets on the future, green energy!

  14. Nimkee Joe Ireland January 3, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    Just Shut it Down save our water before something happens … Shut Down Line #5 now please

  15. Joshua Radhs January 6, 2017 at 9:01 pm #

    You can’t drink oil. WATER IS LIFE. Leave the OIL in the SOIL!!! Go fix Flints water and the shyt in the waters before you worry about running more oil in it. WE DON’T NEED IT CONTAMINATING OUR WATERS

  16. Julie January 7, 2017 at 4:44 am #

    NO, NO, NO, TO THE PROPOSED PIPELINE!

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