Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Considering the DNR's under-the-radar approach, I'd suggest it should worry all of us

Enbridge oil pipeline expansion plan in state worries environmentalists. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/26/2014)

Wisconsin is open for pollutionUntil recently, the Houston-based company's plans have attracted little attention. In one instance, an application to the state Department of Natural Resources for a permit to construct and upgrade pumping stations on land with wetlands failed to generate a single public comment.

Critics said the lack of response is because the company and the DNR made little effort to publicize the project. Both the agency and company say they followed state rules on such matters, which included public notices published in February in newspapers in Marshfield and Spooner, two communities along the route.

  • Hawthrone
  • Minong
  • Stone Lake
  • Ladysmith
  • Sheldon
  • Owen
  • Vesper
  • Adams
  • Portage
  • Waterloo
  • Delavan

And not to mention numerous other communities along the pipeline route.

Chronology of WWA's oversight of Enbridge pipeline construction activities, November 2006 to May 2014.  (Wisconsin Wetlands Association)

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