This is the Enbridge (June 2013) map showing the planned route through Hubbard Township.
(Enlarge the map by clicking on it.)
|Please note that the pump station indicated is no longer part of the Sandpiper pipeline application: according to Enbridge email of 4/25/2014.|
As President of the LLAA, I encourage you to submit comments based on your own research to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission regarding the Sandpiper Pipeline before 4/4/14 at 4:30 PM. (It has been extended to May 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm) The PUC link below describes the proposal, has a map at the end and clearly states the format for comments, what can be commented on, along with the address to send to, etc.
Your LLAA Board of Directors submitted a request for extension of the comment period and additional public meetings to the PUC as did The Hubbard County Commissioners, some other lake associations & townships, & League of Women Voters because many seasonal landowners are unable to fully participate. Our Request is denied so get your comments in now please!
Included below are links from the 1/7/14 panel discussion on the pipeline hosted by the League Of Women Voters plus a link to a new group with science-based maps with pipeline overlay.
In the PDF files attached you’ll see:
1) An example comment related to Long Lake based on my own personal research in the dockets 13-473 Certificate of Need and 13-474 Sandpiper Pipeline Route regarding the potential Hubbard Pumping Station. (The pump station section is not relevant according to an Enbridge email of 4/25/2014 because of a change in pipeline size from 24 to 30 inches.)
2) A copy of my personal comments submitted to the PUC following the public meeting in Park Rapids, 3/12/2014. I was only able to present 5 comments orally due to time constraints. These comments will appear in Docket 13-474 sometime.
Long Lake can’t form words - only waves!
Sincerely, Sharon Natzel
Here are links for other resources including the Dockets link above:
1) LWV Panelist 1: Tracy M.B. Smetana, Public Advisor, Consumer Affairs Office, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, 651-296-0406. The MPUC link is above.
2) Friends of the Headwaters is a group of local residents advocating for the protection of Northern Minnesota related to the pipeline: www.FriendsoftheHeadwaters.org
and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savemississippiheadwaters
Science-based maps show pipeline.
3) LWV Panelist 2: Lorraine Little, Senior Manager of Public Affairs, Enbridge; for more information about the Sandpiper project go to: www.enbridge.com/sandpiperproject
4) LWV Panelist 3: Presenter Winona LaDuke, Rural Development economist, author, and Director of Honor the Earth. She has earned degrees from Harvard, did graduate work at MIT and has a Masters in Rural Development. http://www.honorearth.org/