Community members are deeply concerned about the consequences of Enbridge's proposal to abandon its existing Line 3 pipeline If Enbridge shuts down Line 3, we believe they have legal, financial, and moral responsibility to address any potential liability that the decommissioned pipeline would pose for landowners.
Please come to the meetings scheduled for Cass Lake, Grand Rapids, Floodwood, Cloquet and Brainerd to voice your pipeline abandonment concerns. The format may involve a mix of open and direct testimony but we need turn-out to represent land owner issues.
There are a number of problems for Old Line 3 land owners in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). While a new Line 3 possibly will not follow the Old Line3 path because of tribal rejections, abandonment in place of Old Line 3 is still a problem for land owners.
Chief among problematic abandonment issues is the argument that the pipelines on either side of Line 3 are too close together. While the agencies describe the pipelines very unscientifically as “generally 10-15 feet apart” and the Enbridge information in Appendix B describes “the majority” of distances between 7-18 feet apart, we find in a study of pipe distances between Wawina and Grand Rapids that Line 3 is actually on the AVERAGE 30 feet from Line 4. This should give plenty of space for pipe removal so we call on all land owners to check their pipe distances, report them in the DEIS meeting process, and request that land owners be given the option of pipe removal.
Another major problem of the DEIS is that there is almost no discussion of exposed pipes. The last study they quote was from nine years ago—one-fifth of the Line 3 almost and we know there is a lot of exposed pipe all the way along Line 3. There should be a lot more exposed pipe once the heavy weight of the tar sands stops weighing it just like rocks rising to the surface in a field. At what rate will these pipes becomes exposed over the years from different depths? At what rate will exposed pipes rust away?/p>
The third major defect in the DEIS is no discussion of land owner property values. Enbridge argues that there will not be any agriculture or future development in the corridor because of the other active pipelines, so who cares? This completely ignores the fact that Line 1, 2, and 4 closest to Line 3 are extremely old and could also be move to a new corridor. Abandoning all of them would tie up a lot of land going near people’s homesteads with a lot of pipes that might start rising above the surface with no oil in them impeding light traffic and surface water flow and being an eyesore. I cannot help property values to have abandoned pipelines that might have legacy contamination under them, which might be rusting out and changing water flow and becoming exposed.
Please come to the hearings, report your pipe distances, and request that removal be land owner choice. The dates are below.
-John Munter, 218-492-4179
June 6, 2017 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
IRA Civic Center
1401 NW 3rd Ave
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
June 7, 2017 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Palace Casino Hotel
16599 69th Ave NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
June 8, 2017 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Downtown Fair Building
107 W 7th Ave
Floodwood, MN 55736
June 8, 2017 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Central Lakes College Classroom E54,
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
June 13, 2017 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Fond du Lac Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720