Great Lakes XXL?

Quietly in Wisconsin  the oil flows underneath our lands day and night as we sleep Enbridge’s Keystone Pipeline runs four corridors of pipeline in Wisconsin and carry crude oil tar sands to other states in the US to ship to other markets overseas. As  Journal Sentinel reports we receive little economic rewards and bear the burden of high risks. Along with pipelines in Western Wisconsin it is home of the “frac sand boom” which is the sand used in the fracking process.

“In fact, the system’s current capacity is equal to roughly 20% of the nation’s total oil imports. Enbridge also has plans for a new thousand-mile pipeline from Alberta to Superior that would add another 370,000 barrels per day to that flow, bringing the capacity for some 3 million barrels of oil to flow into Wisconsin each day.” Dan Agen from JSonline

With the growing concerns on leaks of pipeline 5 that could contaminate the Great Lakes if it were to leak at the Straits of Mackinac which is where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet. On January 12th  Representative Dave Trott (R-Mich.) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) introduced legislation asking for a shutdown of the pipeline if a federal study finds it poses significant risk to the Great Lakes.


picture from Wisconsin Daily Independant

“When Enbridge’s newest pipeline running through Wisconsin opened in 2009, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources evaluated it as a line that would carry 400,000 barrels per day. That number grew to 560,000 barrels per day by 2014. It will soon be carrying 1.2 million barrels per day.” Journal Sentinel Reports

Pipelines in Wisconsin have been pieced together dating back as far as 1967. Using the existing easement on private properties. Recently the Bad River Band denied renewed easement to cross 11 parcels of sand on Pipeline 5 in Wisconsin. The Enbridge  Pipeline 61 the biggest corridor in Wisconsin runs through the state Enbridge has  been talking about running a “twin” pipeline next to #Pipelineline61 it would be called #Pipeline66

“When Enbridge’s first line through Wisconsin, Line 6A, opened in 1968, it had a capacity of

Photo courtesy of Leslie Amsterdam

roughly 300,000 barrels. Today it has a capacity of nearly 700,000 barrels. The line itself never got larger. The volume boost was achieved largely by cranking up pressure on a steel tube that is today nearly 50 years old.” Journal Sentinel reports


I would like to thank Journal Sentinel reporter Dan Egan for doing these special reports

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