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LETTER: Stand for the river

The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 203 Henrietta Ave. N., Park Rapids, MN 56470.

Have you seen the Shell River? We are stewards of these beautiful Minnesota waters. They are blessings to cherish, care for and protect.

Have you ever talked of “God’s country”? Will you be sad as oil traverses pristine waters? Enbridge notes the Shell River crossing has the greatest probability of failure of all Line 3 segments. Enbridge documents say oil spills will be inevitable. Is this acceptable? What if it’s in your backyard or waters near your family? What about the 25-year Minnesota 2008 Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment? Are we content allowing more disruption of forests, wetlands, wild rice beds and waters?

Under Shell River high flow, a crude oil release would travel 22 miles. A full rupture lasts 13 minutes to valve closure – if it was noticed in this desolate area. This would involve 13,648 barrels of oil (573,216 gallons). If valve closure was delayed (as in the Enbridge 2010 Michigan disaster), there’s more.

Imagine the Shell River and Twin Lakes covered in oil dispersing into their water columns. Will you fish there? Will you ever again canoe down the Fish Hook and Shell Rivers toward Huntersville State Forest? What about tubing or swimming in oil?

Oh, and Enbridge is planning five-year inspection intervals for cracks/corrosion. Wasn’t safety their top priority?

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The Enbridge Line 3 (so-called) Replacement involves 337 miles of new larger pipeline. It is to cross through 212 rivers and streams, 1,000 acres of wetlands and 714,600 acres of parks, forests and special areas. It will devastate seven freshwater environments from west to east Minnesota, allowing Enbridge to double Canadian crude oil exports to 760,000 barrels per day. What about the old Enbridge Line 3 cracking and corroding in the Leech Lake area since 1962-1963? What responsibility has been taken there? Jobs could go there.

Annual winter flocks of white swans swim by Twin Lakes bridge. Can you imagine them trying to preen oil from their lovely coats? What about otters, beavers, ducks, bald eagles, frogs, painted turtles, herons and loons? They are there. They bless our life paths. Do you know of the many mussels and clams hidden in the Shell River? Imagine the waters, animals, birds, fish, trees, plants and shorelines covered in oil. It is incomprehensible that this pipeline has been approved by the Minnesota PUC, MPCA and DNR. The U.S. has over 190,000 miles of pipeline. That is enough!

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Editor’s note: Both the Hubbard County DFL and Hubbard County Republicans are invited to write columns for the Enterprise’s Opinion page.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.