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Enbridge pipeline plan concerns some in Wood County


WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAU) -- The proposed upgrade of an oil pipeline has some Wood county residents and lawmakers concerned.

Enbridge Energies is proposing an upgrade of their pipeline that runs from Superior to northern Illinois from a low pressure line to a high pressure line. That change would allow the company to more than double the amount of oil flowing through the pipeline, from about 400,000 barrels a day to 1.2 million barrels a day.

Wood County’s Board of Supervisors met Tuesday, and passed a resolution asking the Department of Natural Resources to do an environmental impact statement and force Enbridge to supply proof of financial responsibility before approving the changes.

Some board members and residents are concerned because there has already been two spills in Clark and Adams counties on this pipeline at low pressure.

Enbridge claims they have invested over 12 billion in upgrades and safety improvements, including state of the art monitoring systems using both computers and people.

No decision has been made on the request for the pipeline changes.