[Updated, 9:10 p.m.] This is the company, Enbridge, that has been fined for earlier violations in Wisconsin, trashed the Kalamazoo River in Michigan to the tune of $! billion in cleanup costs, and has run up a horrible record across North America.
Note to the DNR and the company: you're betting on some super, no-fail welding and piping integrity by Enbridge from Superior to Delavan - - at triple the capacity now running beneath hundreds of miles of Wisconsin communities, roads, farms, rivers and wetlands.
That's a big bet.
Who remembers Jackson, WI not far from Milwaukee? Contaminated wells, a wrecked wetlands - - from a gasoline pipe break, and not a dirty, thick spill of Canadian tar sand crude oil pumped at tremendous volume and capacity.
Two years later, and the Jackson ramifications are not yet over.
And as the Journal Sentinel reports (my interpretation), the DNR's hand-wave to Enbridge came after bad hearing processes (ignoring thousands of emails), on top of kid-gloves' 'review' procedures exaggerated by even worse pro-industry and anti-environmental law and standards:
On Thursday, the DNR said Enbridge had met requirements to issue an air permit, which covered an expansion of storage tank capacity in Superior and emissions from pumps, generators and other equipment.
As for the potential spill effects, the DNR said that it examined the possibility at the company's terminal in Superior — but no place else along the route of the 42-inch diameter line because it had conducted an environmental analysis along the entire route before the initial approval.
Enbridge is not proposing additional pipeline construction, but instead is planning to send more oil through its existing line.
DNR officials also said state law doesn't allow officials to use a company's past operating record when reviewing environmental permits...
[The Sierra Club's Elizabeth] Ward said that the public was "completely cut out of the process," when the DNR decided not to conduct a complete environmental review, and instead considered only an air permit and a previously approved permit to disturb a small number of wetlands.By the way, this is what a tar sand ruptured pipeline looked like recently in Arkansas: