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Committee delays Enbridge pipeline permit again

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MADISON (WKOW)-- The decision about whether or not to approve a permit to allow an expansion of the Enbridge pipeline is delayed again.

The permit would allow for Enbridge to triple the capacity of what's known as Line 61 and pass 1.2 million barrels a day. The line passes through Wisconsin and all other counties in the state have already approved the expansion.

Tuesday night the Dane County Zoning and Land Regulation Committee voted to postpone the decision and consult with an insurance expert. The committee wants to create a condition of the permit that would require Enbridge to increase their insurance policy.

Tuesday's meeting was packed, with people who both support and oppose the permit.

Dave Branson, the executive director of Construction's Trade Council of South Central Wisconsin, says he wants the permit approved because the project creates jobs.

“We feel that this project will provide a lot of good building trades jobs, it's good for the community,” Branson said. “It will provide a boost for the community when the workers come and they're working on this project, they'll be spending money on the hotels and the restaurants.”

But some who attended in opposition are concerned that Enbridge should be required to increase insurance coverage so they would be financially prepared in the event of a spill.

“We're not asking that the pipeline be shut down, we're simply asking that the pipeline be fully responsible, that the people who runt he pipeline be fully responsible for the risks that the people in this county are incurring,” said Dr. Carl Whiting, with 350 Madison, a group that opposes the pipeline.

Enbridge representatives have previously stated that they have adequate insurance coverage and would cover all costs associated with any kind of spill.

The committee has already delayed the decision regarding the permit several times.


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