Dane County Approves Contract To Assess Pump Station Risk

Enbridge Plan Would Expand Existing Pipeline

Chuck Quirmbach/WPR

Dane County’s zoning committee has approved contracting with an outside consultant to perform an environmental insurance study on Enbridge Energy’s proposed pump station.

The Canadian firm has been seeking a conditional use permit to build a pump station as part of plans to expand its Line 61 pipeline. The company wants to send an average of up to 1.2 million barrels of oil per day from Superior to the Illinois border.

Enbridge spokeswoman Becky Haase said the company will pay for the study.

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“They’ll work with our environmental group within Enbridge to determine what flows we’ve been looking at in terms of how we calculated the amount of oil that would need to be collected in the berm, for example,” Haase said.

The zoning committee wanted more information to make sure Enbridge provides the right coverage to pay for cleanup if a spill occurs. Dane County zoning administrator Roger Lane said American Risk Management of Middleton will conduct the study.

Lane said they hope to have results by the committee’s March 11 meeting.