Submit a Comment: Enbridge Tar Sands Expansion at U.S./Canada Border

Walk in Bemidji, MN to State Department public meeting in a blizzard.


President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (the former Exxon CEO) are trying to push through a massive tar sands oil pipeline project that would cross protected treaty territory and the Mississippi Headwaters here in Minnesota, and according to the State Department's own analysis, produce as much global warming pollution per year as three million cars or four new coal fired power plants.

This project -- Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline -- had the one and only federal public meeting for its international border crossing (into the U.S. from Canada) on March 7 in Bemidji, and while Tillerson's State Department tried to keep Minnesotans out in the cold, hundreds of us showed up anyway.

Add your name to our public comment to the State Department. The border crossing segment is called Line 67 at the crossing point, so State Department materials use that name:

Docket DOS-2017-0009, Public comment on the Enbridge Line 67 SEIS

I am writing to comment on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Alberta Clipper (Enbridge Line 67). While the SEIS contains an impressive body of research, it has some critical flaws which must be addressed in the final EIS.

The SEIS notes that approving the Line 67 expansion under a scenario where Line 3 would also be expanded would result in an increase of global warming emissions equal to about three million passenger vehicles or four new coal fired power plants per year. However, the SEIS treats these two expansions as somewhat isolated projects, when in fact a critical part of the viability of the Line 3 expansion is resting on the approval of the Line 67 expansion. The final EIS must view the Line 3 expansion as a related project and consider its broad environmental and climate implications in full (including impacts on culturally sensitive areas and treaty territories), since the Line 67 border crossing remaining at current capacity (no-action alternative) would effectively halt plans for the Line 3 expansion project.

All oil by rail scenarios presented by Enbridge assume a final destination of Superior, WI. This must be changed to allow a fair consideration of alternatives -- Superior would not be the final destination for oil by rail as it does not have the refining capacity to handle the supply. A discussion of rail-based alternatives must look more broadly at refining capacity around the country that could potentially take the type of heavy crude that Enbridge proposes to transport, and adjust the route modeling accordingly.

The final EIS must also include current price modeling on the economic viability of transporting oil by rail vs. pipeline. As recent market data shows, the increased cost of oil by rail under current oil price scenarios generally makes extraction too costly to be viable, resulting in the usage of lower-carbon alternatives. The most prudent assumption under current market conditions is that oil by rail would not fully replace pipeline capacity, resulting in fewer barrels extracted, transported, and burned.

Finally, I join with other commenters in asking for an extension of the public comment period and better public engagement moving forward. A 45 day comment period and only one public meeting is insufficient for adequate public engagement on a project with such a wide range of impact. The one public meeting held in Bemidji made a mockery of public process, keeping hundreds of attendees outside in the cold and giving virtually no chances for commenters to make their voices heard or effectively obtain information. I ask that you expand the public comment period to 90 days and hold hearings in communities that would suffer the impacts in the case of an oil spill in order to better understand the risk this expansion project poses.

Thank you.

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  • signed 2017-03-27 13:54:09 -0500
    Building more pipelines undermines the move to renewable energy, the only type of energy that is sustainable in the long run.
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  • signed 2017-03-27 13:15:39 -0500
    I live in Ely. I have much practice at opposing ideas that are dangerous to the land and its occupants. This is just one more bad plan.
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    Kimberly Nieman
  • signed 2017-03-27 12:37:24 -0500
    We are living in a time of existential crisis , A time of mass extinction. Much of what we value of our beautiful state is destined for the trash heap. Much of our north woods will become prairie. Many of the fish we value will disappear from Minnesota lakes . 50% of species are expected to become extinct. If you truly care about our children, grandchildren and our beautiful planet, fossil fuel consumption must stop. Do not approve the line 67 expansion.
  • signed 2017-03-27 12:22:44 -0500
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    Please, do the right thing and stop this pipeline.
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    Please do not build this pipeline.
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    Katherine Doyle
  • signed 2017-03-27 12:07:41 -0500
    Where would his tar sands oil be refined and sold? Will permission be sought to transport it across the Great Lakes? I believe the plan is to get the oil to Asia, Europe and South America. It is not needed or wanted by the people of the United States. The purpose of the line is to only for the profits of a foreign corporation which will gain them by transporting oil to foreign countries. It put our lands and waters at great risk of permanent, perhaps catastrophic, damage, and hasten the destruction of the planet.
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