Presley Nuutinen commented on Contact Us 2020-06-04 22:14:01 -0400Hello!
We are 350 Chequamegon Bay, a relatively new branch of 350.org in the Chequamegon Bay region of northern Wisconsin, along the shore of Lake Superior. As you are probably aware, the Bad River Tribe has sued to remove Enbridge Line 5 from their reservation and Enbridge is planning a reroute around the reservation, but still within the same watershed. The Wisconsin Public Services Commission (PSC) has the power to approve or deny eminent domain for the project. In an effort to prevent this expansion, we have started a petition to request that the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) hold a full hearing before they allow the Enbridge Line 5 expansion. We were hoping you could promote this petition, and/or share it with any other relevant groups in your area. We have until June 10 to collect signatures.
Petition Link: http://chng.it/XNzQWdZSZC
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/890564084690220/
Petition Language: "We love and depend on clean water. Our rivers and lakes are a vital economic and cultural resource. We depend on them for drinking water, wild rice, tourism, fishing, boating, recreation, and much more. So why would we allow the construction of a new pipeline—and the risk of an oil spill in these waters—to threaten our economy and our way of life? YOU can help protect your watershed by signing this petition and asking the PSC to conduct a full and fair administrative hearing (known as a “proceeding”) in response to Enbridge’s application for a public interest determination. A proceeding would allow for expert testimony and more opportunities for public input.
SHOULD A FOREIGN COMPANY BE ALLOWED TO CONDEMN AND TAKE OUR LANDS?
Early in May, the Wisconsin PSC opened an investigation into an Enbridge application which asks for permission to condemn land (i.e., take without a property owner’s consent) in their efforts to create a new segment of a hazardous liquid pipeline known as Line 5. To allow Enbridge the power to exercise eminent domain and condemn land, the PSC will have to determine that this pipeline is in the “public interest.” Line 5 transports crude oil from Canada, through the United States, and exits in Canada. It provides NO value to Wisconsin and indeed, offers only extreme risk to the environment and our economy."
Ella Syverson, Eric Morud, and Presley Nuutinen
350 Chequamegon Bay
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