Monday, March 29, 2021

Enbridge history and oil soak into Ft. Atkinson

When looking at how tar sand and pipeline polluting giant Enbridge abused Ft. Atkinson people, and water -  

Enbridge Energy waited more than a year to notify the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources of a spill on one of its pipelines running through south-central Wisconsin, leaving residents wondering if their wells could be impacted by petroleum products.... 
The spill took place in Fort Atkinson, on Blackhawk Island Road near the Rock River and Lake Koshkonong.

- just remember who and what you're dealing with, Bucky:

After Keystone, WI is pipeline ground zero

The Canadian oil pipeline company with a record of spills and violations - - and which is already on its way to 'winning' permission in post-Walker de-regulated Wisconsin to vastly increase the carrying capacity of a major cross-state tar sand oil pipeline - - has even bigger pipeline plans for Bucky:

An entirely new pipeline running the length of the state to rival the risks to land and water of what the rejected Keystone XL pipeline would have carried, reports The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

And, earlier, here

Enbridge's calamitous pipeline spill record

Or here, for starters:

Enbridge Oil Spill Fix In Michigan Taking 4+ Years, $1+ Billion

With the tripling of the Enbridge tar sand crude oil pipeline capacity from Superior to Delavan, WI going forward with the blessing of the Journal Sentinel editorial board and without a full environmental review - -  I thought I'd post an update on the Enbridge pipeline spill cleanup of the Kalamazoo River just across Lake Michigan. 

It is precisely this history that led the Bad River Band in NW Wisconsin to block an effort by Enbridge to force an expanded pipeline across tribal lands in 2020:

As a result of a lawsuit filed by the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Enbridge is working to remove a 12-mile segment and bypass the reservation with about 42 miles of new pipe through Ashland and Iron counties.

And why Michigan authorities, remembering the Kalamazoo River disaster, are hoping to permanently decommission an underwater Enbridge pipeline which imperils the Great Lakes, according to this 2020 report. 

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger on Friday notified Enbridge that a 1953 easement allowing it to operate dual pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac to transport petroleum and other products is being revoked and terminated. 

And let's not forget who made a campaign stop at an Enbridge project in Northern Wisconsin in 2014 to let the company whose side he was on:

Remember - - it's Scott Walker's tar sand oil pipeline

When the inevitable tar sand oil pipeline spill occurs in a Wisconsin river, farm or neighborhood, Walker can jump into a cleanup shift wearing that orange Enbridge t-shirt he posed with last year.

He got the souvenir when he visited the Canadian company's Superior, WI storage tank farm to laud, with a few well-rehearsed re-election talking points the major expansion of tar sand oil pipeline capacity, the company wants to run north-south across the state.


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