It is TROUBLING that the Army Corps of Engineers are considering another Enbridge project in the precious watery lands of the Northern Midwest. It seems Enbridge is at war with the U.S. Midwest as they continue to TRENCH through our lands and make plans for further devastating invasions of our most precious and beautiful landscapes.
My only hope is for you to deny their application as their new route does not meet the requirement of the Bad River Band – to move the pipeline from the watershed – and it does not protect Lake Superior. Instead, it only threatens MORE of the natural beauty and resources (some of us call them relatives) of Northern Wisconsin as it REMAINS a threat to the watershed of one of the largest remaining freshwater sources in the world – Gichi-gami.
It is BAFFLING to this engineer (University of Cincinnati Metallurgical Engineering ’91) that you guys at the USACE seem unable to find a way to comprehend that the time for fossil fuel development is OVER.
HOW ON EARTH, with the events happening all over the globe, including horrifically worse outcomes and damages than in previous decades, costing individuals/companies/towns/cities/states/nations and corporations billions more each year, as our planet seems on the brink of tipping past a point of no return on protecting our atmosphere for human habitation, can you all not seemingly find yourselves able to DENY FOSSIL FUEL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS? Is this the time you finally will? Can you awaken to the reality around you?
Are you not seeing the preciousness of water – now a commodity on Wall Street?
Is that the problem for you all in recognizing the inherent gift of Water’s existence – as the SOURCE OF ALL LIFE – that humans have now named Her a “commodity”? If so, you ignore this truth to your own peril. And to the peril of your children. And theirs.
Allowing Enbridge to pursue ANY PROJECTS WHATSOEVER after the STAGGERING DAMAGES that Minnesotans are only NOW learning about from our Department of Natural Resources seems a sure way to continue destroying, NOT PROTECTING, our natural resources.
Clean land, water, and air on which all humans depend. These are the things that ought be protected. And based on Enbridge’s rushed construction and poor performance to promises made in Minnesota, ANY PROJECT they submit requires refusal, at a BARE MINIMUM, until they can clean up the messes from their latest pipeline re-route.
Just in time to submit for your consideration… here’s what we’re seeing in Minnesota today:
As you can see in this screenshot above, I cannot yet bring myself to open the LaSalle Crossing document. THE EXACT LOCATION PAUL STOLEN Retiree of MNDNR TESTIFIED WAS THE WORST PLACE FOR A TAR SANDS PIPELINE (see page 40 in the link).
My own video documentation of the concerns throughout the project depict issue after issue, capturing the dangers. We documented the real time response by Enbridge to a potentially fatal incident in LaSalle Valley in this video: Enbridge Line 3: Equipment In Icy Water at LaSalle Creek Wetlands – filmed 2/6/2020, when an Enbridge worker – again, unfamiliar with our landscape – found himself submerged in his own equipment, his co-workers unable to free him, requiring the destruction of a beaver dam to relieve the water levels so he could be pulled to safety. At least he didn’t die, like this worker, killed days into the Enbridge Line 3 project. Enbridge talks a big game but in reality, their attention to safety lacks real substance when it’s applied on-site.
IT IS NOT AS IF WE HAVE NOT WARNED of these dangers.
This newly reported breach in the LaSalle Valley is just 7.5 miles down the corridor from my backyard where the Enbridge Line 93 (‘New’ Line 3) sits – a danger to me every day. The Clearbrook Aquifer breach is 23.8 miles back toward Canada as the crow flies. So here I sit, in between, horrified that the agencies and government representatives that are charged to protect our land and water have either 1) shirked their duties to responsible and thorough review… or 2) been duped or motivated by Enbridge ideology or money to move ahead in SPITE of the science and the missions demanding Enbridge permits be denied.
Any decision to permit this Line 5 re-route will find you culpable for destroying this landscape. Will YOU take that accountability? If you are a decision-maker, IT IS YOURS, whether you deny it or not.
As with the approval of Line 3 – ALL WE TRIBAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES WARNED… has come to pass. Time will tell what criminal and civil liabilities result. Though it does seem the decisions are coming in more and more for Tribes and for Mother Earth these days… so, approve at your own risk?
This is just ONE of THREE KNOWN Aquifer Ruptures resulting from Enbridge’s LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF OUR TERRAIN:
And what do they care? This isn’t Canada, eh?
For more on the originally revealed Breach in Clearbrook, MN – Enbridge’s company town, no less, see:
- Sunday Work at the Clearbrook Terminal 10/17/21
- Sunday Work at the Enbridge Aquifer Breach 10/24/21
- 11/4/21 Clearbrook Terminal: Enbridge Aquifer Breach Update
- 11/16/21 Enbridge Terminal Aquifer Breach Monitoring
- 11/25/21 Enbridge Terminal Aquifer Breach Monitoring
- 12/7/21 Enbridge Terminal Aquifer Breach Monitoring
- 12/18/21 Enbridge Terminal Aquifer Breach Monitoring
- 12/20/21 Enbridge Terminal Aquifer Breach Monitoring
- How the MN DNR let Enbridge Rupture an Aquifer
- 12/31/21 Enbridge’s Aquifer Breach – A Quiet Worksite
- Enbridge Line 3 Aquifer Breach in Clearbrook, MN
- The Line 3 Aquifer Breach at Clearbrook Terminal in Jan. of 2022
- 1/21/22 Breach-iversary Update from Clearbrook
As is clear in the BOLD video, the DNR was ill-prepared for the mismatch in promises made and the reality Enbridge delivered in monitoring and reporting during construction… a dichotomy that truly revealed Enbridge’s practices in prevarication.
What do you think this bodes for Wisconsin?
Aquifer breaches were one kind of risk Water Protectors all along the Enbridge corridor were working to prevent. And, today, our suspicions of Enbridge damages were validated… AGAIN…11/10/21 Enbridge at Work: Mississippi Headwaters and LaSalle Valleys as we see the LaSalle Valley containing one of the THREE aquifer breaches by Enbridge. [3:24 into the video, I call the aquifer breach on 11/10/2021 – though we didn’t hear anything on it from our state agency reps until… TODAY! ]
The USACE should find any application/documentation/plan submitted by Enbridge to be suspect for falsehoods and rife with thoughtlessness for natural beings and the natural world. For this reason alone, at a minimum, documentation should require as much detail as possible to hold Enbridge accountable to standards, and should include as many borings as possible to assure Enbridge has sufficient data to understand the landscape in which they plan to work.
There must be allowances for rescinding any and all permits when violations are discovered. As was seen in the Aquifer Breach in Clearbrook, Enbridge CLEARLY LIED in reports to the state DNR. THIS DISCOVERY in mid-June, should have allowed ALL permits for the construction to STOP CONSTRUCTION for the project. Perhaps if it had, we’d not see the devastation we have now in Minnesota?
What can you do? Learn from this:
Line 3 Hot Potato: Permit Process Failure and what we can do about it.
Pay close attention at 50 seconds… when ‘Enbridge’ hears truth from the ‘Federal Government’.
It’s not only State Agencies, but Federal folks like the USACE that are required to be accountable to their missions in reviewing risks and determining if projects are helpful or harmful to the people and the land. The dangers presented by Enbridge are too high to risk as we move into the future.
THIS PROJECT MUST BE DENIED.
THE RISKS ARE TOO HIGH.
Please assure my comments, with functional links appear in your public dockets, file management systems, and other places where the public at large can use them to understand the risks of this proposed re-route of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in the Lake Superior watershed.
Thank you for your consideration.
Enbridge Line 93 Abutter
Clearwater County, Minnesota
You can email your comments to: CEMVP-L5WSR-PN-Comments@usace.army.mil
For Minnesotans interested in learning more about the DNR investigations into these three Enbridge Aquifer breaches: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Update on Line 3 Aquifer Breach Investigation and Enforcement