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

The League of Women Voters of Ashland and Bayfield Counties asks you to consider reading this article ( https://wcmcoop.com/2016/12/27/enbridge-line-5-pipeline-threatens-great-lakes-public-comment-needed/)  and making your comment to the USFS regarding their decision in the permitting of Enbridge Energy Partners Pipeline Line #5 that runs through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Bayfield County.   

The pipeline, built in 1953 is 13 years beyond its life expectancy and has been in operation without a permit since 2013.  With the pipeline carrying 540,000 barrels of Alberta Tar Sands oil daily, a spill would be catastrophic for the Penokee and Ashland County watershed.  A public hearing to address risks is necessary.

LWV/ABC suggests a public hearing in Bayfield County before the USFS makes a decision regarding the permitting of Enbridge Energy Partners Pipeline Line #5.

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

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.