A Canadian oil pipeline company’s scheduled appeal of a Dane County decision that required it to carry special pollution insurance has officially been removed from Thursday’s County Board agenda following state action.
County officials previously expressed uncertainty whether Enbridge Energy’s scheduled appeal was necessary after Republican lawmakers added a last-minute provision to the state budget that prohibited local governments from requiring pipeline companies to carry insurance beyond a general liability policy.
In a Tuesday statement, Dane County Board chairwoman Sharon Corrigan and Zoning and Land Regulation Committee chairman Patrick Miles said the appeal has been removed and they denounced the provisions inclusion in the budget, which Gov. Scott Walker signed Sunday.
“Enbridge filed an appeal properly, and we were set to hear that appeal and make a decision. That’s how it’s supposed to work. But apparently Enbridge sent some lobbyists to make a different kind of appeal to the Legislature and the governor, and got some special treatment slipped into the budget,” Corrigan said in the statement.
The Zoning and Land Regulation Committee voted in April to require Enbridge to carry $25 million in pollution insurance on top of the Line 61 pipeline’s $100 million general liability policy before it could proceed with a planned capacity expansion.
The pipeline carries tar sands crude through northeastern Dane County on its way from Superior to Flanagan, Illinois.