By 2016, a pipeline called Line 61 will carry 50 million gallons of oil per day under the upper St. Croix River and its tributaries the Eau Claire, Totogatic and the Namekagon Rivers.
Troublesome tar sands: Line 61 carries heavy crude oil from Canada. It is so thick it requires dilution with other chemicals and high temperatures to flow, and it can sink in water.
Largest inland oil spill in American history: Enbridge, the company that owns Line 61, was responsible for a 2010 pipeline spill that polluted 36 miles of Michigan’s Kalamazoo River.
Under the radar: Line 61 was constructed in 2006-2007 with little environmental review or citizen input, and only for 400,000 gallons per day. The current expansion has received almost no public scrutiny.
News and Updates:
- Petition calls for comprehensive environmental review before likely new pipeline across St. Croix headwaters 7/19/2018 Environmental groups say the recent approval of Line 3 in Minnesota will build pressure to increase carrying capacity through Wisconsin.
- Minnesota agency approves oil pipeline route — could cross St. Croix River tributary 6/29/2018 State commissioners’ controversial decision this week to allow the new route for Line 3 puts Kettle River in the crosshairs.
- River Bum Log: Paddling past the pipeline 6/14/2018 A short paddle down the wild Namekagon River is enough to remind us of what’s at stake.
- White House proposes expediting new pipelines under Namekagon River, other national parks 2/14/2018 President Trump’s infrastructure proposal includes giving Interior Secretary sole authority to approve pipelines crossing National Parks.
- Oil & Water: Expert points out four ways pipelines could be “a whole lot safer” 10/27/2017 With proposals for new oil pipelines under the St. Croix and its tributaries, a well-informed advocate shares safety suggestions.