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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 refineries. Enbridge is currently tripling the capacity of Line 61 from the original 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 1.2 million barrels per day—45% more than the Keystone XL would have carried—even as it makes plans to “twin” Line 61, creating a new Line 66 carrying an additional 800,000 bpd through Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducted an environmental assessment (EA) of the proposed Line 61 expansion in 2006 and continues to maintain that the EA adequately addresses safety concerns. However, the EA was conducted four years before Enbridge’s Kalamazoo River disaster, the largest inland oil spill in US history. Kalamazoo demonstrated how devastating tar sands spills are as compared with lighter crude oil spills.

To date, the following Wisconsin counties and cities have passed resolutions calling on the DNR to conduct a full environmental impact statement on Line 61:

  • Rock County (December 2014)
  • City of Fort Atkinson (November 2014)
  • City of Whitewater (October 2014)
  • Walworth County( October 2014)
  • Adams County (September 2014)
  • Wood County (July 2014)
  • Dane County (June 2014)
  • Jefferson County (May 2014)

Tar Sands Campaign

The Tar Sands Campaign is fighting Enbridge tar sands pipelines in Wisconsin. Our aims are to block expansion of Line 61 and to halt plans for an adjacent Line 66. We support efforts led by those most impacted, including tribes, landowners, and affected community members.

Divestment Campaign

2016 was the hottest year on record. The Divestment Team focuses on convincing institutions that investments in fossil fuel are not only ethically and fiscally irresponsible, but are literally wrecking the planet we call home—all for profit. Banks are our current focus since without their support, dirty pipeline projects can't get funded.

Community Energy Campaign

The Community Energy Team is focused on taking action on and responsibility for our own fossil fuel use. We work to create and change policies that impact our energy use and nurture a culture of reducing energy use and using clean, renewable energy to reduce our carbon footprint.