Public can comment at hearings on pipeline replacement
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org August 17, 2012 5:02PM
Updated: August 17, 2012 9:15PM
Local residents have two chances to attend public hearings on Enbridge’s proposed replacement of 60 miles of pipeline running throughout Northwest Indiana.
The first hearing, which is being conducted by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, will take place at 4 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Porter County Public Library in Valparaiso and will focus on where the pipeline crosses streams in the state, including at Deep River, Salt Creek, Damon Run and the Little Calumet River.
People can comment on the efficiency and capacity of the floodway, the safety of life and properties in the area and biological resources.
The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission’s Environmental Management and Policy Committee will also conduct its own meeting from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 6 at its headquarters, located at 6100 Southport Road, Portage. Enbridge is expected to present plans for the project at the meeting, which is open to the public.
Save the Dunes has called for hearings on the project because the new pipeline will carry tar sands, which can cause environmental harm if it leaks out, and because a recent report found that Enbridge made several errors in connection with an oil spill in Michigan. That spill happened at one of the same lines that is being replaced as part of the project.