skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Monday, June 24, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

America's 'Radical Elders' continue their work for fairness, justice; SCOTUS upholds law disarming domestic abusers; Workplace adoption benefits help families, communities; Report examines barriers to successful post-prison re-entry in NC.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

A congresswoman celebrates Biden protections for mixed status families, Louisiana's Ten Commandments law faces an inevitable legal challenge, and a senator moves to repeal the strict 19th century anti-obscenity and anti-abortion Comstock Act.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

A Minnesota town claims the oldest rural Pride Festival while rural educators say they need support to teach kids social issues, rural businesses can suffer when dollar stores come to town and prairie states like South Dakota are getting help to protect grasslands.

New Court Fight Emerges Over WI Oil Pipeline

play audio
Play

Monday, May 15, 2023   

A court hearing is scheduled for this week as environmental and tribal advocates continue to voice concerns about an oil and gas pipeline that runs across northern Wisconsin.

Line 5, operated by Enbridge Energy, goes through a reservation that is home to the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

The tribe recently filed a court motion seeking an emergency shutdown of the pipeline. The filing says the line is at risk of exposure because of soil erosion, brought on by spring flooding, along the Bad River.

Jadine Sonoda, campaign coordinator for the Sierra Club's Wisconsin Chapter, said it's another reason why groups like hers feel it's time to end Line 5 operations permanently.

"This pipeline is not safe to have," said Sonoda. "It doesn't benefit Wisconsinites and it's really just a danger to the region."

She said not only would a pipeline spill be an ecological disaster for tribal lands, but the Great Lakes as well because the river feeds into Lake Superior.

In an e-mailed statement, Enbridge contended that there is no pipeline safety issue - and that it has offered numerous plans to reinforce the riverbank.

The hearing prompted by the court filing is due to get underway Thursday morning.

Enbridge is currently seeking permit approval to reroute a section of Line 5 around the reservation in light of mounting tensions with the Bad River Band.

Sonoda pointed to construction issues that popped up with a similar Enbridge project in Minnesota, where there was an aquifer breach last year. She said government agencies need to reject these proposals because of the risks.

"Water is at risk, aquifers are at risk, long-term ecosystem and environmental health is at risk," said Sonoda. "And it's a really, really big deal and a really big opportunity for us to prevent something from happening beforehand."

As part of its statement, Enbridge says Line 5 is "critical infrastructure" that provides millions of people in the Great Lakes region with energy that they rely on daily.



Disclosure: Sierra Club contributes to our fund for reporting on Climate Change/Air Quality, Energy Policy, Environment, Environmental Justice. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
The 2024 Summer U.S. Conference of Mayors in Kansas City, Mo., will be under the leadership of its president, Mayor Hillary Schieve of Reno, Nev., and host Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas.
(SeanPavonePhoto/Adobe Stock)

play sound

Some Michigan mayors are out of the office this week - but still working for their cities. They're at the 92nd meeting of the United States …


Social Issues

play sound

Summer is here, but some Wisconsin households juggling higher consumer costs and other basic needs might feel like a vacation is out of reach…

Social Issues

play sound

An interim North Dakota legislative committee this week got an update from state leaders on potential moves to reconnect kids in foster care with thei…


Ohio resident Jeremy Madden, his wife and their adopted daughter. (Jeremy Madden)

Social Issues

play sound

More employers are offering benefits to adoptive parents, according to a new survey by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The amount of paid …

Social Issues

play sound

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently dismissed a case brought by Republican Arizona attorney general candidate Abraham Hamadeh, Republican Cochise …

North Carolina is home to 934,604 small businesses. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

North Carolina's business community is alarmed after Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson praised the controversial House Bill 2, known as the "Bathroom Bill," at …

Social Issues

play sound

Members of the group Radical Elders are participating in a Chicago tech conference this weekend to explain the impact of technology on older Americans…

play sound

Danskammer Energy is no longer seeking an expansion of its Newburgh plant. The original plan called for expanding the company's "peaker plant" meant …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021