Proposed pipeline through county debated at open forum
A forum hosted by the state of Minnesota on its draft Environment Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed Enbridge pipeline had proponents and detractors of the plan stating their cases.
The new pipeline’s proposed route from Canada to Superior, Wis., would go just north of Morrison County, while a potential alternative route would cut right through the county.
Sarah Gorham, who lives near Brainerd, had an issue with the pipeline bringing oil through the area and not benefiting Minnesotans.
“We are being asked to put our water at risk for a pipeline project carrying Tar Sand’s oil from Alberta to the Great Lakes,” Gorham said.
Tom Wilczek of Morrison County said he would rather see a pipeline go in than have it transported by other means.
“I’m glad to see that Enbridge wants to update a line rather than have 1,000 railcars a day transporting that oil,” Wilczek said.
Andy Pearson with MN350, a group that says it looks to change the climate through a fundamental shift in society, said there is no evidence that if this pipeline goes through that it will mean fewer trucks or trains coming through.