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Your Views: Enbridge pipeline plans should concern in Walworth County residents

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August 16, 2014

I attended a public forum on the proposed expansion of the Enbridge Pipeline 61 project recently and came away very concerned about the potential health and environmental risks associated with the expansion in Walworth County.

This company wants to increase its capacity to carry 1.2 million gallons of tar sands oil, crude oil or hazardous chemicals daily. Enbridge experienced a massive spill on Michigan’s Kalamazoo River in 2011. That spill is not yet cleaned up despite a cost of more than $800 million. Plus, Enbridge had three pipeline spills in Wisconsin—50,000 gallons in Clark County and 176,000 gallons in Rusk County, both in 2007; and 50,000 gallons in Adams County in 2012.

Before the Walworth County Board gives a green light, we should do a couple of things as concerned citizens.

 1) Attend the next pipeline awareness public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at the Delavan Municipal Building. Get informed.

2) Contact your county board supervisor and urge him or her to reject Enbridge’s permit until a full environmental impact assessment be done and allow the public to give input.

Dane and Jefferson counties recently rejected this expansion. Our health is just as important to us here in Walworth County. We need more information before we risk our environment for products that will be used to produce oil for other countries.

MARY BURPEE

Elkhorn



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