LETTER: Egregious Line 3 permit violations
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Enbridge, in a desperate quest to pipe Canadian tar sands across northern Minnesota to Great Lakes tankers destined for China, has deceived the public by covering up problems that have arisen all along the route.
In Minnesota, 227 water bodies and over 800 wetlands are affected by Line 3 construction. Ninety-four percent of the 70,000 Minnesotans that commented on the possibility of Line 3 in 2017 were against it, and those who have protested the whole cozy government/Enbridge affair since have just received word that their concerns have been valid all along.
Enbridge has had a massive, ongoing trenching debacle in Clearbrook since January, only recently disclosed to the public on Sept. 16.
This deception is another collusive keeping of radio silence by Enbridge, state agency officials and "independent" environmental monitors who are in panic mode attempting to finish Line 3.
Information recently released shows permitting violations so egregious and widespread that, once known, will stop the whole Line 3 process.
In Clearbrook, Enbridge concealed the fact that it went against environmental permits and construction plans, and punched into the ancient, artesian aquifer known to be prevalent in the area, allowing over 100,000 gallons per day to boil up and out of the trench.
Two calcareous fens, which rate as the most rare and protected of ecotypes, are served by the artesian aquifers that are being dewatered as we speak.
By covering up the error, Enbridge has damaged what will be very difficult (if not impossible) restoration efforts and compounded the concern over the at least 28 concealed "frac-outs" (drilling fluid escaping the boring tunnel) from June 1 to Aug. 4.
DNR called the Clearbrook debacle a simple anomaly up until mid-June, but one has to wonder if the approval of a 10-times increase in Enbridge's water appropriation in early June connects to the fact that without an amendment to the original water appropriation, Enbridge would be subject to fines for “illegal taking” of state resources.
It is also interesting that there are enough DNR officers to defend Enbridge's pipeline, but conveniently just not enough to monitor Line 3 installation methods.
Additionally, it is worth noting that Susan Rice, a top advisor to the president, was found in July to have $2.7 million dollars in Enbridge stock – maybe another reason why Keystone XL was cancelled but Line 3 is still alive, rubbing salt in Minnesota’s wounds.