WI DNR seeks public comment on Enbridge’s proposed Line 5 pipeline relocation

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Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 11:52 AM CST
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ASHLAND, WI -- Wisconsin leaders are looking for public feedback on Enbridge Energy’s proposal to relocate its Line 5 pipeline in Ashland, Bayfield, and Iron counties.

According to the DNR, Enbridge leaders want to build about 41 miles of a new 30-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline to relocate its existing Line 5 pipeline outside of tribal lands of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

The company would also abandon approximately 20 miles of the existing 30-inch-diameter Line 5 pipeline, including the section that currently crosses the Bad River Reservation.

The proposed route would cross approximately 185 waterways, including the Bad River, Brunsweiler River, Marengo River, Tyler Forks, and the White River, as well as a number of ditches, streams and tributaries.

Enbridge has applied for waterway and wetland crossing permits and a construction site erosion control permit from the DNR.

Now, the DNR is seeking public review and comment on its draft environmental impact statement on the proposal.

The DNR will host a virtual public hearing regarding the environmental impact statement on Feb. 2, 2022.

Details on the public hearing are expected in early January.

Community members can also submit written comments on the draft environmental impact statement through March 4, 2022.

You can mail those comments to:

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Line 5 EIS Comments (EA/7)

101 South Webster St.

Madison, WI 53707

You can email comments to:


The DNR will consider all public comments received and will prepare a final environmental impact statement before making any permit decisions.

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