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Urge Approval of Permits for Enbridge Line 5 Wisconsin Segment Replacement Project

DEADLINE FOR YOUR COMMENTS: SATURDAY, JULY 11. Your letter is requested NOW asking the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to approve permits to relocate Line 5 in Northern Wisconsin to a new route outside the Bad River Reservation in order to ensure uninterrupted service.

Line 5 is a vital link to propane and other energy supplies for the upper Midwest. Every day, this 645-mile-long, 30-inch diameter pipeline plays a critical role transporting 540,000 barrels of light crude oil, light synthetic crude oil, and natural gas liquids to a regional network for this area.

The product moved on Line 5 is used to produce transportation fuels and fuels to heat homes, schools and businesses and fuel industry in Wisconsin, the larger Midwest region, and Eastern Canada. Line 5 has been safely operating across northern Wisconsin since 1953.

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TO: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
RE: Docket IP-NO-2020-2-N00471 (Enbridge Line 5 Wisconsin Segment Relocation Project)

As a concerned professional in the pipeline industry, I ask that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources promptly process and approve the permits required for Enbridge's Line 5 Wisconsin Segment Replacement Project (Docket Number IP-NO-2020-2-N00471) to move forward.

The relocation of a segment of Line 5 is needed in order to remove the pipeline from the Bad River Reservation while maintaining the safe transportation of essential energy used by northern Wisconsin and the region. The proposed route maintains service of Line 5 in a corridor that avoids sensitive resources that other routes would impact such as Copper Falls State Park, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, and a crossing of the Namekagon River.

Enbridge's Line 5 Wisconsin Segment Relocation Project has been designed to minimize impacts on wetlands and waterbodies. Nearly all of the wetland impacts are temporary, and the wetlands will be restored following construction. Enbridge has developed multiple plans and procedures that detail best management practices to be used during construction to minimize impacts. Examples include:

  • Using timber mats to limit wetland disturbance,
  • Installing erosion control devices, and
  • Utilizing site-specific water body crossing methods.
  • Line 5 has been safely transporting essential fuels across Wisconsin since 1953. Moving a segment of the pipeline off the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians to the route Enbridge has proposed will ensure uninterrupted service of this critical energy supply.


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