People Over Pipelines; Protecting Our Homes and Water
2017 was a busy year for groups working to stop Enbridge’s Line 66 pipeline in Wisconsin. Activities throughout the year demonstrated the growth of a robust, sustainable coalition determined to stand in the way of any further Enbridge expansion—and to make friends and have fun along the way. Some highlights from 2017 include:
Welcome to the first Line 66 newsletter. There is a lot going on! Because the missions of 80 Feet Is Enough! (80feetisenough.org), the Wisconsin Safe Energy Alliance (WiSE-wisconsinsafeenergy.org), and the Wisconsin Easement Action Team (WEAT-wisconsineasementactionteam.org) are so closely related, having overlapping visions and goals, we have decided to issue one newsletter to members/supporters of all three groups that keeps them up-to-date. Our intent is to provide you with information about recent developments regarding oil pipeline issues as well as related upcoming area events. This issue is a kind of “catch all” containing both older and more recent information.
on July 10 the First Presbyterian Church in Marshfield, Wisconsin hosted riders from the Love Water not Oil Tour for a potluck dinner. Winona LaDuke, local land owners, and riders explained why they are riding the Enbridge pipeline to bring attention to it.
See the day’s itinerary below. This is an excellent opportunity to speak with your state legislators about the threat to property rights from the Enbridge pipeline expansion.
Indicate your address on the registration form so we can schedule appointments with your Assembly person and State Senator.
Also, indicate if you would like bus transportation with pick-ups in Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids, and Portage. A $10 to $20 donation for the bus ride would be much appreciated. We have reserved a coach bus from Progressive Travel from Spencer, Wisconsin. Deadline for bus sign-up is Thursday, April 13th. Pick up times and locations will be emailed after registration.
OIL AND WATER | A JOURNAL SENTINEL SPECIAL REPORT Path of least resistance
MARK HOFFMAN / MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
Enbridge's Craig Noble is shown atop of 50-foot-tall oil tank filled to about half its 217,000 barrel capacity at the pipeline terminal in Superior, Wis. The terminal has 45 tanks and is located about a mile from the shores of Lake Superior.
As new pipelines stall on the Great Plains, oil pressure builds in the Great Lakes
A staffer with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos's office requested Enbridge Energy attorneys speak with drafters on a language change affecting who has power to take private property for public use.
Among proposed language changes, the provision would change the wording from "corporation" to "business entity" regarding who would be able to take private property for public use. Enbridge Energy is considered a limited partnership, which doesn't have the same legal definition as a corporation under the law.
Thanks to all who gave, there will be two billboards to show Wisconsinites that a foreign pipeline company changed the law… to take our land for their private gain! But we must reach millions of Wisconsin citizens, which means three more billboards are needed in major metropolitan markets.
President Barack Obama is expected to visit Wisconsin to campaign for Hillary Clinton in the coming days, and while he is in our state he needs to recognize a major threat to Wisconsin's well-being: plans to expand a dangerous and unnecessary tar sands crude oil pipeline network through the state...
Conversation for Resposible Economic Development (CRED) is seeking to better understand the risks of an oil spill as part of an ongoing dialogue about the economic future of the region. Cred looked at eight different spills from 1991-2012 in Maryland, Texas, Michigan, Ohio, the Gulf of Mexico, and in Canada. The loss in property value ranged from 4.6% to 25%.
Jane Kleeb, from Bold Nebraska, who is credited for organizing resistance and stopping to the Keystone Pipeline met with 80 Feet is Enough members and other groups opposed to Enbridge Pipeline expansion today in Marshfield. Please click hereto watch the Channel 7 news report.
MARSHFIELD — Concerned citizens packed Lincoln Town Hall Thursday night for a panel discussion about the potential addition of a fifth pipeline to Enbridge Energy’s current corridor of four that runs through the state and just west of Marshfield.
Marshfield News Herald 3/3/2016 By: Jonathan Anderson, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
LINCOLN - Rich Hansen and his wife have spent decades perfecting their homestead on the outskirts of Marshfield, a place that, at least to them, borders on the sacred: It’s where they raised a family, meticulously landscaped the yard and hope to retire.
They could lose all of it.
Canadian oil company Enbridge Energy, which operates a set of pipelines cutting through the Hansens’ backyard, is considering plans to build another pipeline, and if it does, the Hansens fear they could be forced out of their home.