Stop Tar Sands Expansion in Wisconsin

Enbridge Energy Company, a large Canadian pipeline owner, has announced plans to expand their pipeline network throughout the Midwest in order to transport toxic tar sands from the boreal forests in Canada to the Gulf Coasts, likely for export.   Aggressive campaigns on the East Coast and West Coast have stopped plans to export this oil.  In turn, Enbridge is seeking to make the Midwest a tar sands freeway to get the oil south.  You can learn more about tar sands oil here.

The continued expansion of tar sands extraction and infrastructure would mean “game over for the climate” according to top climate scientist James Hansen. We must stand up and say NO to tar sands!

Information on Enbridge’s tar sands network of pipelines from Canada into Minnesota and Wisconsin can be found here.  More information on the specific proposals in WI can be found here.

While the overseas oil markets see the benefits, Wisconsinites are expected to take all the risks.

The Enbridge pipeline system enters WI in Superior.  One of the Enbridge pipelines, Line 61, part of the Enbridge Lakehead Pipeline System, travels from Superior to Delavan (click here for map).  The pipeline then crosses over the Illinois state line and continues south where the tar sands are distributed to refineries.   Enbridge has proposed to triple the capacity of Line 61.

In addition, the newest pipeline proposals from Enbridge are for an expansion of Line 3, which runs from Canada to Superior, WI and to build a new pipeline, the Sandpiper, from North Dakota, across MN, then to Superior.  The Sandpiper would carry fracked oil.

Enbridge’s plans for expansion require many different approvals, many of these from the WI DNR.  Currently the WI DNR is taking public input on what should be included in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the expansion of Line 3 and the new Sandpiper pipeline.  We need YOU to take action by urging the DNR to conduct the most comprehensive EIS possible.  You can submit your comments to the WI DNR here.

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(Image: attempted cleanup of 19,500 barrels of oil that leaked into Kalamazoo River)

350Madison is working with the WISE (Wisconsin for Safer Energy) Alliance to oppose the Enbridge pipeline expansion efforts described above.

News related to Enbridge’s pipeline system:

National Wildlife Federation blog post on recent State Department approval for Alberta Clipper

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