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Reflections from the Wisconsin Tar Sands Tour—By Cassie Steiner

On April 3–8, hundreds of students throughout the University of Wisconsin System gathered to learn about tar sands and organize in opposition to them. In five days, I traveled with Andy Pearson of MN350 and Cailie Kafura, UW–Stevens Point student and former 350 Stevens Point president, to seven campuses across Wisconsin to talk about tar sands pipelines in the Midwest and (More...)

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Landowner Lawsuit Still Alive!

350 Madison continues to pursue every legal means to oppose tar sands pipelines through Wisconsin, especially ones that don’t carry sufficient third-party cleanup insurance to remediate major oil spills. Enbridge wants to dramatically expand its Waterloo Pump Station as part of multistage project to triple the capacity of its tar sands Line 61 through Wisconsin, (More...)

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Update on Landowner Lawsuit

The landowner lawsuit against Enbridge to enforce Dane County’s insurance requirement is entering a new chapter. After we filed our complaint against Enbridge, the company responded by filing a motion to dismiss, a standard legal maneuver asserting that there is no legal basis for the lawsuit and therefore it should be dismissed without reaching the merits. (More...)

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Landowners File Suit Against Enbridge to Force Imposition of Insurance Requirement Before Expanding Pipeline Flow

Seven Dane County landowners filed suit in Dane County Circuit Court the afternoon of February 8 to force the Enbridge pipeline company to provide $25 million in cleanup insurance before increasing capacity of the largest tar sands oil pipeline in the US. “Enbridge’s bullying tactics met their match today, as seven Dane County citizens took their (More...)

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Dane County Bd. of Supervisors Rejects Enbridge Appeal 27-2

Report and comments re Dane County Board meeting last night on Enbridge REJECTED appeal re environmental insurance language: Thanks to all for turning out, wearing RETAIN! Stickers, registering and/or speaking in opposition, the ZLR’s decision to retain the insurance was upheld by a 27-2 vote! Please let Mary Beth know if your name is left (More...)

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Technical Documents

Campbell v. Enbridge: Landowners’ Reply Brief on Appeal (5/16/17) Enbridge v. Dane County: County’s Reply Brief on Appeal (5/15/17) Enbridge v. Dane County/Campbell v. Enbridge: Enbridge’s Response Brief on Appeal (4/28/17) Campbell v. Enbridge: Landowners’ Opening Brief on Appeal (3/29/17) Enbridge v. Dane County: County’s Opening Brief on Appeal (3/23/17) Transcript of Court’s Oral Ruling (More...)

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Environmental Impact

Environmental Impact Enbridge, a $40 billion Canadian company, wants to expand its pipeline network throughout the Midwest to transport tar sands from the Canadian boreal forests to the Gulf Coast, likely for export. Enbridge Line 61 travels through Wisconsin from Superior to Delavan (click here for map), then crosses the Illinois state line and continues south to (More...)

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Update on Enbridge Pipeline Expansion

In the spirit of celebrate all our victories, even non-huge ones, let me share with you some things, pardon for getting down in the weeds a bit for those not familiar with the details:  As many of you know, Enbridge was offered a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) in April this year for building a new (More...)

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Update on WI Tar Sands Struggle

More than 60 people showed up at the September 8 Dane County Zoning and Land Regulation Committee meeting to urge the committee to revoke the permit for Enbridge’s Line 61 expansion and impose a $25 million trust fund requirement. The trust fund requirement would have replaced the environmental impairment liability insurance that the committee unanimously voted (More...)

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Line 61 Map

Line 61 Map Directions For Citizen Use This map shows the Enbridge Tar Sands Pipelines. The north-south diagonal pipeline is Line 61, while the east-west line across the far north of the state is Line 5. The red stars represent oil spills of 1 barrel or more from 1986 through 2016; you can click on any (More...)

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