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