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Pipeline Postcard Party - Bay City

  • Frankenlust Township Nature Park Bay City, Michigan 48706 (map)

Enbridge's Line 5 oil pipeline runs directly through the Frankenlust Township Nature Park! Join us there any time between 4pm and 8pm on Thursday July 27 to learn more and fill out a few of our exciting custom anti-Line 5 post cards. 

Event starts at 4pm, wraps up around 8pm. 
Guided tour of Frankenlust Twp Nature Park at 6:30 (approximately)

We will bring postcards and pens. We can help you articulate your comments if you want. We will also handle postage for postcards that are addressed to the following: 

Bay County / The City of Bay City / Frankenlust Township
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette
and
The United States Forest Service

Line 5 directly threatens not only this park, but also the Saginaw River and Bay City itself. It's time Bay County, The City of Bay City, and Frankenlust Township joined the list of over 60 local governing bodies that have passed resolutions against the pipeline. Let's encourage them to make the right move! 

Bill Schuette has the legal authority to shut down Line 5 immediately through a court order at any time. 

Read more, a lot more, about the US Forest Service comment opportunity below. 

This particular comment period is relevant to a section of national forest in Wisconsin. Residents of Michigan are permitted and encouraged to comment here because the US Forest Service is not restricted by state boundaries. 

Thanks to Ashland Action Network for putting the USFS comment period on everyone's radar, compiling the information below, and also for just being so rad and awesome. 

**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