MNR extends comment period on Enbridge line rerouting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The comment period on a draft environmental impact analysis of the rerouting of an oil and gas pipeline around a Native American reservation in northern Wisconsin will last an additional month, officials said Wednesday. state regulators.

Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline transports oil and natural gas liquids from Superior to Sarnia. Ontario. The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa sued the company in 2019 asking it to remove the section of line that crosses the tribe’s reservation in Ashland County. The tribe fears the pipe will burst and contaminate their drinking water.

Enbridge has proposed a 40-mile detour around the reserve. Enbridge would need permits from several state and federal agencies to proceed with the project.

The state Department of Natural Resources released a draft environmental impact analysis in December. Thousands of people have submitted comments on the analysis, with many saying the report is insufficient.

The comment period was due to expire on Friday. The DNR announced on Wednesday that people can continue to submit comments until April 15.

People can send comments to the DNR at the agency’s headquarters at 101 South Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53707 or email them to the agency at DNROEEACOMMENTS@WI.GOV.

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