While reading this, keep in mind that Enbridge is currently negotiating a 28% stake in the Dakoda Access Pipeline.
These are the final chapters in a long controversial story surrounding the largest inland oil spill in continental history.
Enbridge has filed another request for No Further Action (NFA) to the DEQ for a 1/2 mile reach on the Talmadge Creek. The DEQ did not hold a Public Information Meeting for this request, as they have with past requests. This is problematic for a number of reasons, but most importantly these meetings gave residents an opportunity to come together and ask questions about the thick documents. There has been no press coverage about this process which will give Enbridge permission to exit their remediation work in the area effected by the oil spill in 2010. The DEQ was kind enough to not link the NFA summary document on the DEQ calendar, a first in this process (click here for document).
If you want to know what the heck an NFA is, please visit https://fenvalleyearthfirst.wordpress.com/no-further-action-nfa/
This process includes an early out for the remedial monitoring of wetlands. According to the Wetland Remediation Agreement Enbridge has with the MDEQ, wetlands are to undergo maintenance phase monitoring for 5 consecutive years of successful maintenance. The monitoring is to be done and paid for by Enbridge, with annual monitoring reports. This includes the first year of remedial work (2013) plus 4 years of monitoring; effectively forcing Enbridge to keep their resources on the river until 2018. The NFA process gives them the written permission needed to cease the monitoring of dredged and contaminated wetlands prior to 2018. The first NFA filed (Segment 3) contained a large prairie fen, which is one of the most biologically unique natural features hosted by this peninsula. Additionally, 50% of the native plant species in Michigan are found in wetlands.
Your public comments will be documented along with the DEQ’s final decision. Maybe you can sit through 300+ pages of legalese and industry jargon and pick out a few things that contradict part 201 of Public Act 451 (NREPA), the Clean Water Act, one of Enbridges work plans, the DOJ Consent Decree, or the EPA settlement…
or… Maybe you just want to say “Fuck Enbridge!”, “fire yer boss”, or “DEATH TO THE FASCIST ROBOT THAT PREYS ON THE LIFE OF THE PLANET!”. Whatever it is, Chris Lantinga at the DEQ will have to read it. We need to relentlessly encourage him to adequately notify and thoroughly communicate information about each NFA to the press- including the time/date and location of each public information session. Demand that the DEQ communicate with the community, and not fall in line with a corporate government. The NFA request for Reach 4 did not come with a public information session, as Reach 3 and Reach 1 had. None of these were reported outside of small websites like this one, and the DEQ calendar. This is the exit from the clean up of the biggest inland oil spill in continental hisory… let’s here about it! (see below for NFA details)
Grether’s DEQ received a permit application which could potentially increase a Nestle’ owned wells’ pumping capacity to 400 gallons/ minute, yet every single press outlet seemed to be quite surprised to find out about it just days before the comment period ended. This is how shit operates under Heidi Grether and Rick Snyder. Water issues need more visibility and more transparency, yet the State of Michigan™ is continuing to suppress that information as they did in the heat of the Flint crisis. There has been little to no press coverage about this NFA process, which seems to be the final chapter in a long controversial story of disaster, coverup, cleanup, and expansion. A story which could easily unfold in the Straits of Mackinac, or any other body of water near a pipeline.
When you have completed your comment, please consider delivering a few copies to this meeting-
The PIPELINE SAFETY ADVISORY BOARD is scheduled to meet from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on December 12, 2016. The meeting will be held at 7109 West Saginaw Highway, Lansing, Michigan 48917, Lake Michigan Hearing Room, first floor. There will be an opportunity for public comment at the meeting. More information is available on the Website at http://www.michigan.gov/energy/0,4580,7-230-73789_74071—,00.html.
From DEQ Calendar
DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING ENBRIDGE OIL SPILL SEGMENT
4 – NO FURTHER ACTION REPORT, MARSHALL, MI CALHOUN COUNTY.
Written comments are being accepted on an Intent to Approve an unrestricted residential No Further Action (NFA) Report for the Enbridge Oil Spill – Talmadge Creek, Segment 4 (Mile Post 1.00 to Mile Post 2.02) a site of environmental contamination located on Talmadge Creek between I-69 and A Drive North, south of Marshall, Michigan. Contamination at the site was caused by the release of crude oil from the Enbridge Line 6B pipeline rupture on July 26, 2010. Crude Oil, contaminated soil, and impacted surface water were removed from the site during remedial activities. Subsequent soil, sediment, and surface water remedial investigations indicate exceedances of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), Part 201 residential criteria do not remain. The proposed unrestricted NFA would not prohibit residential use of the property. The NFA Report is available for review at the Marshall District Library, 124 W. Green Street, Marshall, MI 49068, the Galesburg Memorial Library, 188 E. Michigan Avenue, Galesburg, MI 49053, and the Willard Library, 7 W. Van Buren Street, Battle Creek, MI 49017. A copy will also be available for review during normal business hours at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Kalamazoo District Office, 7953 Adobe Road, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009. Written comments should be mailed by December 12, 2016 to Chris Lantinga, DEQ, Remediation and Redevelopment Division, 7953 Adobe Road, Kalamazoo, Michigan49009. Information Contact: Chris Lantinga, Remediation and Redevelopment Division; 269 548-7182; email at email@example.com.