Line 5: Public Comment Period


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:

Comments can be submitted by emailing and writing letters to Jonathan McNeill, USFS Project Manager:

You can also CC EMAILS to:
– Jonathan McNeill, USFS Project Manager,
– Kathleen Atkinson, Eastern Regional Director,
– Michelle Davolos, Washburn District Ranger,

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

Jonathan McNeill
1170 S 4th Ave
Park Falls, WI 54552

– 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:
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.

Earth Day Rally In Front of U.S Representative Fred Upton’s Office In Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo (Majyck Radio)- Over 60 residents of Southwest Michigan gathered in front of U.S. Representative Fred Upton’s Kalamazoo district office to celebrate Earth Day 2013. A variety of locally elected officials and environmentalists urged Upton, the very powerful Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to promote a new sustainable energy plan for the U.S. and abandon the disasterous policies of subsidizing giant fossil fuel and nuclear energy corporations.

Upton’s 6th Congressional district is home to the most dangerous nuclear power plant in the country, Palisades, and is close to the site of the worst on land oil spill, the ENBRIDGE spill, which pumped over one million gallons of toxic Canadian tar sands crude into the Kalamazoo River.  Coincidentally, huge fossil fuel and nuclear corporations are the biggest contributors to Rep. Upton’s campaign coffers.

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