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Enbridge oil pipeline sparks fiery debate on Capitol City Sunday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Enbridge Energy's decision to appeal the insurance requirements of a Dane County conditional use permit for its expansion of the Line 61 oil pipeline prompted a lively debate on Capitol City Sunday.

That line runs from Superior south to central Illinois, with part of the line running through the northeast corner of Dane County.  Enbridge is planning to expand the pipeline's carrying capacity from 400,000 barrels per day to 1.2 million barrels.

Dane County's Zoning and Land Regulation Committee voted earlier this year to require Enbridge to carry $25,000,000 in environmental catastrophe insurance in order to carry out the expansion here.

Enbridge Energy President Mark Maki and Peter Anderson of the local environmental group 350 Madison joined host Greg Neumann to discuss the appeal, which will be heard by the full Dane County Board this Thursday night.

Peter Skopec, director of the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG), also appeared on the show to discuss a transportation study his group performed that found the state is wasting about $500 million on road construction projects that aren't warranted.

This edition of Capitol City Sunday originally aired on May 31.
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