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Support Illinois Landowners , Say No to Eminent Domain for Enbridge’s Tar Sands Pipelines

Sign the petition to support farmers and landowners refusing to allow Enbridge to build a tar sands pipeline through central Illinois:

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 Patoka to Flanagan, 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 for export, will result in even more pollution and climate change. 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, along with fracking and other polluting practices, when profit takes precedence over people and the planet.

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One thought on “Support Illinois Landowners , Say No to Eminent Domain for Enbridge’s Tar Sands Pipelines

  1. Enbridge cannot 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.

    Posted by jrshipley | December 2, 2013, 11:12 am
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