The Brandon Township Board unanimously passed a resolution Monday demanding that Enbridge Energy meet eight requirements before beginning construction of its oil pipeline in the township.Hopefully this will inspire other local governments to more proactively represent citizens!
The resolution was not a surprise, but the final version passed by the board was more specific and demands compliance from the pipeline company before it begins construction in the township. The project is planned as a replacement of the line that ruptured near Marshall in 2010, spilling possibly more than a million gallons of tar sands oil into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River.
The resolution seeks standards for pipeline wall thickness and other areas that are “equal to or greater than” a pipeline the company wants to build in western Canada. The resolution also seeks a guarantee from the company that it will not ship petroleum or environmentally hazardous products through the current line once it is deactivated. Enbridge pledged in a July press release to, among other things, increase the thickness of pipeline walls in its Northern Gateway Project and take other measures that “go above and beyond anything that has ever been done before in the industry.”
Northern Gateway would ship tar sands oil from Alberta to British Columbia for shipment to Asia.http://www.freep.com/article/20120821/NEWS03/120821076/Brandon-Twp-Board-passes-resolution-demanding-safety-standards-for-Enbridge-oil-pipeline
The township resolution, which makes eight demands of the pipeline company, calls tar sands oil "extremely hazardous to the environment and all forms of life."
The resolution says Enbridge should increase the thickness of pipeline walls, making it even thicker over water crossings; calls for a minimum of 50% more inline inspection surveys over current standards for the entire pipeline system, and seeks compensation for the use of township roads. !
"I do find it interesting that they can assure that the pipeline project in Alberta is built and operated to the highest standards yet in the (United) States, we're not necessarily assured those same standards will be met," Township Supervisor Thurman said.Frack Enbridge.
Although the company has managed to sign agreements with many residents for expanded permanent easements and temporary work areas during construction, a number of landowners said they signed under duress, and a stand-off with landowners in Livingston County remains unresolved.
Contractors working for Enbridge were forced to leave Wednesday after they had begun clearing trees on property in Tyrone Township owned by David and Debora Hense.Take that corporate bullies. http://www.freep.com/article/20120820/NEWS05/308200015/Brandon-Township-demand-higher-safety-standards-Enbridge-oil-pipeline
Pipeline foes urged to sue
Livingston County residents living along Enbridge Energy LP's Line 6B are being urged to file a lawsuit seeking a halt to the pipeline-replacement project that began here last month.
The newly formed Protect Our Land and Rights Legal Defense Fund, or POLAR, voted to fund a lawsuit — if sought by residents — in Circuit Court seeking a temporary restraining order against Enbridge and a halt to construction.
Nothing has been filed in court, and most county residents — several are still in negotiations for easement agreements with Enbridge — are not yet on board for a lawsuit.
POLAR is claiming Enbridge hasn't obtained a laundry list of necessary state and local permits, even though the project was approved in late May by the Michigan Public Service Commission.Public service my ***.http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20120815/NEWS01/208150310