The saga of the highly controversial Enbridge Line 3 replacement/rerouting proposal took another turn last week.
Administrative law judge Ann O’Reilly issued a non-binding recommendation on (April 23) that Minnesota regulators should approve the pipeline, but only if it runs along the current route and not Enbridge Energy’s preferred new path.
– Also from that article, Gov. Mark Dayton says that is not feasible. (Dayton is not opposed to the project. Though he has, bless his heart, said he’ll veto a bill from the GOP-controlled Minnesota legislature that would allow Enbridge to basically bypass the rest of the review process and start whenever they want to.)
– The ruling would likely strengthen the positions of affected Native Americans.
– Enbridge very much wants to stick with its plan.
So we’ll see.
Comment below fold.
From Mac Hall:ICYMI …
Enbridge Fined for Failing to Fully Inspect Pipelines After Kalamazoo Oil Spill
The Canadian oil pipeline company responsible for one of the largest inland oil spills on record has agreed to pay a $1.8 million fine for failing to thoroughly inspect its pipelines for weaknesses as required under a 2016 agreement.
Federal officials say Enbridge, Inc., did not carry out timely and thorough inspections on one of its pipeline systems, as it had agreed to do as part of a consent decree reached with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice.
More than 1 million gallons of tar sands oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River near the town of Marshall when a 6-foot rupture opened in Enbridge pipeline 6B. Despite warnings of trouble, oil flowed for 17 hours before Enbridge shut down the pipeline. Ultimately, the oil pushed nearly 40 miles downriver, fouling 4,435 acres of land near the river’s banks. It triggered a massive cleanup effort that cost the company $1.2 billion and kept the river closed for nearly two years.
As part of a sweeping, $177 million settlement, Enbridge promised to look for cracks and corrosion on its Lakehead pipeline system, a nearly 2,000-mile grid of pipelines that brings oil from Canada into the United States.
In a document filed in a Michigan federal court on Tuesday, the government alleges that Enbridge failed to properly conduct six inspections.
Although the company agreed to pay the fine, it nevertheless denied that it violated the terms of the consent decree and said it had properly inspected the pipelines.
(Inside Climate News)
My concern ….The spill took place in 2010 under the Obama Administration and it is taking this long for all the legal actions to be resolved … what if a similar event happened today ? What actions — if any — would the Trump Administration led by Scott Pruitt take ? How would a Republican Minnesota governor react ? How would Republicans in Congress react — Pete Stauber, Jim Hagedorn, Jason Lewis, Erik Paulsen, Karin Housley and of course, Tom Emmer.
Elections matter … our world took a drastic turn with the empowerment of Donald Trump and his cronies.