Letter: Enbridge used to doing what they want
Here’s my thought. If you drive to the cities from Park Rapids and watch the hundred-car (soon to be 200-car) oil trains passing by – isn’t it obvious that they form nothing more than an above-ground pipeline. Oil is flowing across the landscape in an eight-foot diameter pipe at 50 miles per hour. Nothing more or less. Above-ground pipelines work in Alaska, set above the permafrost where they can be observed and repaired. Why couldn’t Enbridge lease right-of-way alongside railroad trackage for an above-ground pipeline. We all know the railroads go everywhere and own plenty of excess right-of-way. Think about it, an above-ground pipeline running along a railroad right-of-way would be a boon for the railroad. They’d have land-lease income, have less investment in costly new technology rail cars, and be johnny-on-the-spot with Enbridge maintenance crews in the event of a breach in the line. Why hasn’t Enbridge seriously considered this possibility.
Enbridge is a very big company, used to getting their way. I urge the PUC and DNR to put final decisions on permits off until all possible procedures have been investigated – and then, they should tell Enbridge what to do; not the other way around, letting Enbridge do what they wish and rubber-stamping our environmental loss.
Straight River Township