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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Environment - Still more on: Concerns in NW Indiana about Enbridge Energy Partners LP's aging Line 6B oil pipeline and its replacement

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 25th, Bowdeya Tweh reports in the NWI Times:

LAPORTE | There may be a growing chorus of Northwest Indiana residents who are frustrated about a proposal from Enbridge Energy LP to build a new oil pipeline adjacent to an existing one that spans four Indiana counties.

Nearly all of the 11 people who spoke at an Indiana Department of Environmental Management hearing Tuesday urged IDEM to provide a rigorous review of the entire project because they questioned the company's effort to reduce impacts to landowners and the environment.

Enbridge plans to shut down its existing Line 6B crude oil and liquids pipeline that runs from Griffith to Sarnia, Ontario, and build a new one adjacent to it. The new pipeline, which is expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars to construct, would have a larger transmission capacity than the current one.

IDEM organized the hearing to help guide its decision to approve or deny two Enbridge applications establishing the framework for placing fill material in state-regulated waters and how the company will mitigate the environmental impacts. About 60 people from Indiana, Illinois and Michigan attended the public hearing. * * *

Kim Ferraro, Hoosier Environmental Council Water and Agriculture policy director, said IDEM also should require Enbridge to conduct post-construction wetland and waterway monitoring until full restoration is achieved, provide a clear timeline for annual monitoring and have a financial assurance mechanism to ensure funds are available for additional restoration work.

From a side-bar:
Information on Enbridge's applications seeking two Section 401 Water Quality Certifications can be found online. The certifications are required before Enbridge can petition the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for permission to move forward with pipeline construction.
The link leads to the index page for the two applications, which look to be thousands of pages long.

[More] Here is a Dec. 18th Chesterton Tribune story headed "Save the Dunes, HEC, others urge state scrutiny of Enbridge pipeline."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 19, 2012 09:41 AM
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