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Virtual Public Hearing July 1 On Enbridge Energy Wetland Permits

Enbridge Energy

The Wisconsin DNR is hosting a virtual public hearing on July 1 relating to Enbridge Energy's application for a waterway and wetland permit for the proposed reroute of the Line 5 pipeline in Ashland, Bayfield, and Iron counties.

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa sued Enbridge Energy last year, asking them to shut down the portion of the Line 5 oil pipeline that runs through their reservation. According to the Enbridge website, in March, Enbridge offered the tribe $30 million to settle the dispute.

The proposed Line 5 reroute would involve construction of approximately 42 miles of new 30-inch pipeline needed to relocate the existing Line 5 pipeline outside of tribal lands.

Due to COVID-19, the public can participate in the DNR hearing online via Zoom, which is accessible by computer or phone. DNR spokesperson Ben Callan's group does permitting for utility projects. He talks about what they would like to hear from the public..

"...information from interested citizens or parties regarding their concerns related to the potential impacts associated with the construction of the proposed project where it will impact impact those waterway and wetland resources..."

Construction would affect 109 acres of wetland, converting nearly 30 acres of wooded wetland to non-wooded wetland.

Written comments will be accepted through July 11. We have a link to more information here.

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