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Line 5: Public Comment Period


**THE US FOREST SERVICE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED! THERE IS NO OFFICIAL DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMMENTS, BUT THE SOONER THE BETTER!**

The US Forest Service is accepting comments regarding the permiting of Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline through an 11.5 mile section of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Bayfield County, north of Hwy 2. A map of the affected area is available here: http://a123.g.akamai.net/7/123/11558/abc123/forestservic.download.akamai.com/11558/www/nepa/99334_FSPLT3_3908081.pdf

Comments can be submitted by emailing and writing letters to Jonathan McNeill, USFS Project Manager: 
- EMAIL: comments-eastern-chequamegon-nicolet-washburn@fs.fed.us

You can also CC EMAILS to: 
- Jonathan McNeill, USFS Project Manager, jdmcneill@fs.fed.us
- Kathleen Atkinson, Eastern Regional Director, katkinson@fs.fed.us  
- Michelle Davolos, Washburn District Ranger, mdavalos@fs.fed.us  

- WRITE: Comments can be mailed to either USFS office:
USFS
Jonathan McNeill
Washburn Ranger District
113 Bayfield St. East
Washburn, WI, 54891

USFS
Jonathan McNeill
1170 S 4th Ave
Park Falls, WI 54552
715-762-2461, jdmcneill@fs.fed.us

- CALL: Jonathan McNeill (715)762-5154 (Park Falls office)

Enbridge is attempting to renew the permit for Line 5 pipeline through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest which runs through Bayfield County. The permit includes 11.5 miles of pipeline and spans roughly 71 acres. 

Line 5 is was built in 1953 and was engineered for just a 50-year life expectancy, a date that has long since come and gone. Each day Line 5 carries 540,000 barrels (22.7 million gallons) of Alberta tar sands and Bakken crude oil and poses an extreme risk to the watersheds of all five Great Lakes. 

Communities across North America are standing in opposition of Enbridge and organizing to shut down Line 5, including the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa who announced 1/4/17 that they will not renew Enbridge's permit and want the pipeline removed from reservation land! (Read announcement: https://wcmcoop.com/2017/01/05/bad-river-band-denies-renewal-of-enbridge-line-5-grant-of-easement/)
We have an opportunity to support the leadership the Bad River Band has shown and support the USFS in shutting down Line 5 through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest as well! 

Contact the Washburn Forest Service (contact info above) and tell them: 
1. Do not renew Enbridge's permit for Line 5. 
2. Require Enbridge to remove Line 5 from USFS land. 
3. Request a Public Hearing in Bayfield County regarding the permit before a decision is made by the USFS.
4. Require a Environmental Impact Statement or Environmental Assessment before proceeding with a decision on the permit for Line 5.

More info is available here: 

- USFS Public Comment Announcement: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=44889

- USFS Enbridge Scoping Letter: http://a123.g.akamai.net/7/123/11558/abc123/forestservic.download.akamai.com/11558/www/nepa/99334_FSPLT3_3908925.pdf

- USFS Map of Line 5 through the Cheq-Nicolet National Forest: http://a123.g.akamai.net/7/123/11558/abc123/forestservic.download.akamai.com/11558/www/nepa/99334_FSPLT3_3908081.pdf

- Oil & Water Don't Mix info on Line 5 Straits of Mackinaw crossing: http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/problem

- Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansions (over 150 First Nations & tribes have signed on as well as many communities): http://www.treatyalliance.org/

- Map of Enbridge pipelines through Wisconsin: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1Xq54OXJlp6akuobnKlcqqQ1e85w&hl=en_US&ll=46.518758232614026%2C-90.84825694099874&z=11