From the DNR News Service
SUPERIOR - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host
two public hearing sessions on the draft environmental impact statement
for the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper and Line 3 projects at 4:30 p.m. and
again at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10 in Superior.
The sessions provide one of several means for stakeholders to deliver
comments on the draft environmental impact statement for the Enbridge
Sandpiper Pipeline construction and Line 3 replacement projects proposed
for northwestern Douglas County. Additional information, including the
draft environmental impact statement is available at: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/EIA/Enbridge.html.
Comments can be provided at the hearing sessions as public testimony or
in writing and written comments also will be accepted through March 25
at the address below.
The proposed Sandpiper project would involve construction of a new 30
inch diameter pipeline with a capacity of 375,000 barrels per day of
crude oil. The Wisconsin portion would be part of the larger Sandpiper
project extending from the Bakken Shale region in North Dakota through
Minnesota to Superior. The proposed project also would include
replacement of an existing 34-inch diameter pipeline, known as Line 3,
with a 36 inch diameter pipeline capable of carrying 760,000 barrels per
day. Both pipelines would cross approximately 14 miles of land in the
town of Superior, village of Superior and city of Superior and terminate
at the Enbridge Superior Terminal.
Developed in compliance with the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act,
environmental impact statements inform decision-makers and the public
about the anticipated effects of a project as well as alternatives to
the proposed projects. This draft environmental impact statement looks
at direct local effects, as well as broader impacts at regional,
statewide and global scales.
Hearings on the permit applications required for the proposed Sandpiper
pipeline project in Wisconsin would be held at a later date, as yet
undetermined. Completion of the Sandpiper permit applications is
dependent upon regulatory decisions in the state of Minnesota. In
addition, federal permits from the US Army Corps of Engineers are to be
considered through a separate process.
DNR will consider all comments from the public hearing in preparing a
final environmental impact statement. The public will be notified when
the final environmental impact statement is available. No permit
decisions will be made until after the environmental impact statement
process is complete. The DNR's draft EIS and other information can be found by visiting DNR.wi.gov<http://dnr.wi.gov/> and searching for "Enbridge Sandpiper<http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/eia/enbridge.html>."
Individuals can submit comments about the draft environmental impact
statement through Wednesday, March 25, 2016. Comments can be mailed to
Jeff Schimpff (EA/7), Wisconsin DNR, Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or
sent by email to DNROEEAAComments@wisconsin.gov<mailto:DNROEEACOMMENTS@wisconsin.gov>.
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