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Dane County and Enbridge battle it out in the courtroom

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The battle between Enbridge Energy and Dane County continued today in a courtroom at the Dane County Courthouse

Enbridge v. Dane County, involves the energy company's demand that Dane County removes the insurance requirement from its pump station permit. Dane County is requiring Enbridge to pay $25,000,000 in environmental catastrophe insurance. But the company argues that the county's requirement contradicts state law. In a provision adopted as part of the 2015-17 state budget, states that Enbridge does not have to buy the insurance required by the county.

Enbridge was issued a conditional use permit on April 21, 2015 that they say did not included the insurance requirements.

"We were told we could build, the issues were not there and that's what they have been operating under," said an attorney for Enbridge.

But attorneys for Dane County argue that the permit was given on the foundation that the company pays for the insurance and that it would have not been issued other wise.

Landowners adjacent to the pump station are also filing a lawsuit that asks the court to deny Enbridge from opening its expanded pump station unless it purchases the cleanup insurance. Residents in the past have been against the expansion project in worry of a potential oil spill. 

The pipeline expansion is increasing the capacity from 400,000 barrels a day to 1,200,000 barrels a day. The pipeline runs from Superior to Illinois and through Dane County. 

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