Your public comment will be delivered to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
I’m writing to request that you deny permits for the Enbridge Line 3 project.
The Line 3 project would have a significant and untenable impact on water resources and cultural resources, including wild rice.
The dismal track record of the pipeline industry, and Enbridge in particular, shows that this project poses a serious risk to water and wetlands resources along the pipeline route. It is not a question of if a hazardous liquids pipeline will spill, but when.
A recent Greenpeace report found that Enbridge and its joint ventures and subsidiaries reported 307 hazardous liquids incidents to federal regulators from 2002 to present — one incident every 20 days on average. These spills released a total of 66,059 barrels (2.8 million gallons, or more than four Olympic-sized swimming pools) of hazardous liquids. Thirty of those incidents were reported to contaminate water resources, including 17 which contaminated groundwater.
Enbridge pipelines have also seen some of the largest pipeline spills in American history, including a 40,000 barrel spill in 1991 in Grand Rapids, MN, and a 20,000 barrel spill into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan in 2010.
The path of this pipeline also crosses sensitive wild rice beds in the 1855 treaty territory of the Anishinaabe people. Wild rice is an important cultural and subsistence resource for the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) people that are at risk from Line 3.
For these reasons, the permits for the Line 3 project should be rejected.
Additionally, I would like to request public hearings to be held throughout Minnesota, including hearings located on the Tribal Reservations whose treaty lands would be crossed by the Line 3 project.
Finally, because of the size and impacts of this project, I would also like to request a federal environmental impact statement under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA.)