Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC): Refuse Enbridge the Right of Eminent Domain for its Tar Sands Pipeline

Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC): Refuse Enbridge the Right of Eminent Domain for its Tar Sands Pipeline

    1. Corey Mattson
    2. Petition by

      Corey Mattson

      Bloomington, IL

We, the residents of Illinois, oppose the construction of Enbridge pipelines through our state, including the Southern Access Extension.


We stand with the landowners and farmers of central Illinois, from Flanagan to Patoka, who have refused to allow Enbridge the right to build the pipeline. We also oppose Enbridge in its current legal maneuvering to use eminent domain to force these landowners to submit to its will. 

The construction of these pipelines, which will transport tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, will result in even more pollution and climate change. This oil is not beneficial to the public, since all of the oil is for export. Furthermore, with the number of recent pipeline spills, we also do not want to risk our water supplies to a company with the track record of Enbridge. We hold that building pipelines to carry tar sands oil is part of the systemically wrong direction taken by corporations, when corporate profit takes precedence over people and the planet.

For more information, see coverage at Just BloNo.

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    • Ioana Datcu VERMONT, IL
      • 4 months ago

      The Enbridge tar sand pipe line is almost in the ground. I drove many times by the segment built from Havana to Rushville, Illinois. I am afraid it is too late to oppose its construction.

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    • Jeremy Shipley IOWA CITY, IA
      • 5 months ago

      Enbridge can't be trusted:

      http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20131202/enbridge-could-be-forced-boost-pipeline-safety-mich-after-water-violations

      Enbridge has clearly calculated that the fines are cheaper than the cost of properly containing hydrostatic testing fluid to protect public health and the environment. They dumped similarly in Minnesota recently, continuing their proven record of blatant disregard for any value besides profit:

      http://www.startribune.com/business/217118231.html

      During their 2010 Kalamazoo River spill they showed the same selfish priorities. When safety alarms sounded they chose not to shut down the pipeline. If the alarms were caused by an air bubble a shut down would cost them profits. If the alarms were caused by a burst pipe (as in fact they were) restarts would worsen the environmental and public health catastrophe. Enbridge demonstrated its selfish values by choosing to risk environmental devastation and harm to public health rather than risk profits. They repeatedly restarted the pipeline, pumping more and more dirty tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo river with each restart. They still have not satisfactorily cleaned Michiganders' river.

      http://wtvbam.com/news/articles/2013/nov/30/enbridge-held-to-december-31-deadline-to-clean-up-kalamazoo-river/

      Then, even after the Kalamazoo River disaster should have taught them a lesson, Enbridge failed to bring its pumping stations' shut-off mechanisms into regulatory compliance:

      http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/enbridge-breaks-safety-rules-at-pipeline-pump-stations-across-canada-1.1316100

      Enbridge's actions repeatedly demonstrate that they cannot be trusted. Illinois residents should oppose the use of eminent domain to restrict Illinois property owners rights so a foreign corporation can build risky export pipelines that will contribute to accelerating climate change and will raise our gas prices by shipping oil out of the midwest.

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    • laketa anderson MATTESON, IL
      • 5 months ago

      "Those are the big fish.....I trust the small fish"-Bob Marley

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    • CRYSTAL Faux GREEN VALLEY, IL
      • 6 months ago

      I live here wth my children,I don't want their poisonous pipes

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    • Catherine Buckles SPRING, TX
      • 6 months ago

      Enbridge will make huge profits, but Illinois will be risking its' water supply and some of the best farmland in the world to contamination. Why?

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