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Meeting hears opposition to plan to ship oil on the Great Lakes

WDIO reports, “Nearly 100 residents attended a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources meeting (last night) about industrial dock repairs in (the city of) Superior. Many oppose a plan to ship oil from the property. …Calumet has proposed using the property to load future ships with oil sands from Canada and the Bakken Oil Fields in North Dakota. Calumet has a refinery in Superior that receives oil from those places via pipeline, but earlier this year company officials said the pipeline cannot send it out fast enough.”

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tentatively approved the dock repairs, and a final decision should come within a month. Those repairs could start in May or June. Officials said the permit would only approve dock repairs, any future use of the property (notably tar sands shipments on the Great Lakes) would need to be approved as well. In the past, Calumet officials have said shipping oil on the Great Lakes would require Coast Guard approval.”

The Duluth News Tribune adds, “The bulk of comments from 24 people warned that a full environmental study should be needed with the prospect of crude oil distribution in the balance. …The city of Superior supports the dock repairs under its long-range goal to enhance its commercial maritime activity…”

And Northland NewsCenter notes, “Public comment on the Elkhorn dock revitalization project may be submitted until December 6th. A final decision on the permit is expected by the end of December. To submit a written comment, send your message to: Steven LaValley, 1701 N Fourth St., Superior, WI 54880.”

Further reading
Council of Canadians opposes Calumet-Elkhorn plan to ship oil on the Great Lakes