The Open House Enbridge is Throwing for my Birthday, I think.

We have been really busy around our little homestead lately, a bit too busy to blog which should not happen, but I am not perfect.

I am hoping folks are following us on Facebook, but in case you are not, there is going to be an Enbridge Shindig on Nov. 2nd at 6pm in two locations!

I guess Enbridge didn’t learn the first time they did this in 2014 and this happened.

So here we go again but likely without chairs this time.

You can catch all the history in the making at

Jefferson   222 Wisconsin Drive   6 to 8pm

OR if you are in Central Wisconsin

Chula Vista Resort  Wisconsin Dells, same day, same place.

I will be at Jefferson, because it’s close to home.

I can’t imagine why they are coming at this time.  Not much is going on, so I figure that Enbridge rented a hall on Nov. 2nd because it is my birthday that day, (a big one but I am not saying which) and they assumed I just didn’t have the cash, or the oomph to plan a party for myself.  It was just so darn nice and neighborly of them to do this for me.  Knowing they are such good neighbors, I expect they will get a sheet cake for 500.  I like marble cake and buttercream frosting and I want a pastoral scene on it with the Rock River and drumlins depicted.  Balloons would be nice…black is probably the choice of color…appropriate given my age and the nature of their business.  Kind of like the ‘tar balls’ that floated down the Kalamazoo River in Michigan.

The pipeline is underground, so, we don’t need it on the top of the cake.  Just don’t tell anyone it is there.  OK?  Watch where you bite into your piece of cake.


Time Traveling

No, the Sandpiper isn’t coming.  Enbridge gave up on the Sandpiper when it purchased the Dakota Access Pipeline or DAPL.  That took pressure off the Mainline and probably postponed the Line 61 Twin.  It’s really hard though, to figure out what Enbridge is thinking.  They have a very long event horizon in terms of expansion, but, given what I read today, apparently not that long.

I just read an editorial in the Janesville Gazette which included this little ditty. ” Thumbs up for Monday, July 3 – Thumbs down to ongoing pipeline protests. There’s nothing wrong with protesting, but activists should at least focus on actual proposals, not hypotheticals. Enbridge Energy officials have said the company has no plans to install a new pipeline through Wisconsin and Rock County. The economics don’t make sense because of weak demand for more capacity, but these activists don’t believe it. About 25 of them spent part of June 24 in downtown Janesville protesting a bunch of what-ifs, tossing around catchy slogans and doomsday scenarios. An Enbridge pipeline already travels through Rock County, and as far as we know, it hasn’t killed anyone. It would have been better had these activists channeled their energies into making smoothies at the Janesville Farmers Market. The market could use more smoothie vendors.”

As usual, on lazy afternoons like today, when my duties include watching my grandchild swim in the pool, I usually add net surfing to my repertoire, with an additional window open to Facebook.  I’m always fishing for information.  I never know what I will catch, but, it was a good one today. I don’t know where this little ditty was hiding in the Winter but, it surface for air today.

For all those doubters of Enbridge continuing to pursue the easement through Wisconsin, looky here.  While not as certain as their Line 61 Twin appeared a few months ago, it’s not exactly ruling out acquiring more easement, not by a long shot.  This is modus operandi for this company any way, so not much is new.  Maybe we will, maybe we won’t.  Not ‘right now’ means just not in 2018 or even 2019 but all options are on the table for 2020 and beyond, depending on their mystery customers demand.  I strongly encourage the author of that editorial, who feels that the pipeline has to kill some one before he regards it as a problem, to perhaps do some comprehensive reading about the subject on which he offers an opinion.  I wonder if he might feel a bit differently if that pipeline perhaps threatened to kill him instead of some hypothetical anybody he speaks of. Perhaps a kale smoothie would help him sound well informed as well, then again, maybe not.   It appears he doesn’t mind drinking diluent.  Below is what Guy Jarvis of Enbridge has to say about the time traveling pipeline recently, as in ‘right now’ of the Mainline Corridor.  Fire up that flux capacitor.

“D. Guy Jarvis – Enbridge, Inc.

“Yeah. I think the best way I would characterize our approach right now is, Al referenced an ability to potentially add some more capability out of Western Canada in 2019 that’s commensurate with the start-up of the Line 3 replacement. That is our primary focus right now is on dealing with those incremental opportunities, and the reason for that is we think we can do them without doing anything ex-superior like you’re referring to. Certainly, when we get talking about post 2019 capacity, all of our options are on the table. And I think, as it relates to Line 61, it really will boil down to whether we’re going with more of a staged approach or whether there is a desire for customers to have more of a larger solution coming at one point in time. So, that is part of our mix. We’re not actively pursuing it along the right-of-way any longer right now, but it is part of the mix.—Earnings-Call-Transcript/

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Of course,  it is part of the mix.  It’s not ever NOT been part of the mix.  It’s too damn tempting, like Park Place on the Monopoly board game.  Sure, Spectra and its possible Twin will take a chunk out of the Mainline’s load.  DAPL replaced the Sandpiper, so the Bakken oil isn’t coming this way.   Good call Enbridge, why fight all those activists when you can just buy an existing line.  Same with Spectra, a relatively unnoticed little line, that also has a little noticed potential to ‘twin’ in the easement.   That said, Line 67 is bringing more oil, and Line 3 is being enlarged dumping a load of tar sands crude in Superior, Wisconsin, that needs a way to get downstream to Cushing Oklahoma.  Enbridge just isn’t sure how or when, or what shape this downstream flow will take.  Then, we have other sticky as tar sands issues, such as a 50 year old Line 6a that will need replacement soon and even stickier, 60 year old, Line 5, which is not going to pass muster in the Straits of Mackinac.  Line 5 was a stupid idea to begin with and has grown even stupider now that the Line 5 is retirement ready.   Clearly, we don’t want any additional pipelines cutting through Wisconsin’s heartland, but, how much do you want to bet that Enbridge is keeping its options open to shove Line 5 down our throats?  I have been saying this for years, mostly because, it pretty much sense for them to build it, and it makes sense for us to oppose it, which we will.  We are not a fossil fuel sacrifice zone.


Well it didn’t take long for the trolls to hit social media.  It’s hard to tell who is just a political sourpuss or who is trained and paid to smear with innuendo.  I think if you have something to say, just use facts.

Now, some of us live on these horrible pipelines that were approved and built between 2006-2009.  Line 61 and Line 13 were added to the Mainline Corridor, and were dubbed ‘The Southern Access’.  You heard nothing about this back then.  You heard mostly KXL noise.  Probably because placement of these lines was almost covert. They lie in an 80 foot swath of land along with Line 6a, which is a KXL sized tar sands line placed in 1968, and Line 14 which is a 24″ line placed in 1998.  Enbridge has an 80 foot corridor through most of Wisconsin, but, it is FULL.  No more lines can fit in this corridor.  So they have come sniffing around for more, 240 feet more.  That’s a lot of land.  Enbridge has been denying that they are going to build, but they add the phrase, ‘current’ in each denial.  “We have no current plans”.  Current means immediate and that can change tomorrow.   They completed an aerial survey, endangered species survey and historical survey of the area anticipating future pipelines. They have informed citizens with easement which structures must come down for the new pipelines.  That seems to me, to indicate, they have plans.

We were in line to get the flow from Sandpiper but, Enbridge bought the Dakota Access instead.  They also bought Spectra Energy.  That however, doesn’t help them with oil that is going to be deposited in Superior WI.  They can’t really force any more oil into the lines they have because those lines are already baking the soil and melting snow.  Line 6a will celebrate its 60th birthday next year and really isn’t up to the task. It has a lot in common with Line 5, which, seems to me to be terminal in its current location.  Line 5 could be rerouted through the Mainline to Sarnia, something I have heard Line 5 activists support.  Needless to say, a rather NIMBY approach, which is one reason I haven’t thrown full support behind their campaigns, even though I fully believe it needs to be removed from the Lake. I just can’t fathom the thought that you would campaign to have this put where other people live.  Nope.  Not cool.   Even though, Sandpiper isn’t coming soon, there is a need for other pipelines because it seems this continent is leaking oil and gas from every pore.

Which brings me to the Midterm elections and especially the line up forming to run against Ryan.  We have Randy Bryce, a strong, perhaps charismatic to some, labor leader, who has a lot of good points.  Environment isn’t one of them.  As some one ‘unfriended’ by this individual for my anti-pipeline stance, and for pointing out that labor has had a role in placing this monstrosity in my neighborhood, I am writing this guy off.  I can’t forget that his campaign manager, Sachin Chheda and PR company, Nation Consulting brought Wisconsin, and my town, Lines 61 and 13.   Please click on the link below for historical perspective on why I may have a chip on my shoulder.  That and the fact that this candidate will NOT come out publicly and say that indeed, labor needs to knock off the boot licking of Michels, Enbridge and the Koch brothers for their daily bread.  Build wind, solar and other infrastructure but for heaven’s sake, give up on the fossil fuel industry.  It’s just not cool any more and you can’t pass it off as Progressive.  Just say ‘no’. And please cut the Nation Consulting ties.  Thad Nation isn’t helpful.

Then there is the ‘guy from Ohio’, David Yankovich.  He may very well be a great candidate but, he is going to drag this ball and chain called, ‘Ohio’ with him.  He needs to offset this liability.  I’m waiting to hear more about this guy and I hope I do.

Lastly we have a woman from Janesville running, a teacher, a labor leader and an environmentalist.  This one is looking good.  You can check out Cathy Myers online.  She is a newcomer to the race.  She has a respectable professional resume, clear labor ties, has run and been elected to office and has had a strong environmental record.  Perhaps not as flashy as Bryce, but perhaps with more substance.  She is an affable, likable  person to boot.  She seems ready to take on the sticky web of the fossil fuel industry and labor.

So please do some homework if you are a voter in the 1st Congressional District.  If you are a supporter or endorser, please also do some reading before you jump off the cliff.  I too stood at the Capitol during the Act 10 issue.  Yes, I too, fervently believe in labor rights, but not at the cost of other families, and that is what supporting Enbridge, Michels and the Kochs amounts too.  I want to see bread and butter on the table of all of our families, but not at the expense of others.

I live in a Sacrifice Zone that Labor built.  Nothing about that seems fair or admirable.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Look what I found!  I guess I am not the only person on the planet who has some squeamish feelings about Nation Consulting’s association with the leading candidate against Paul Ryan.   This little ditty comes from an elected official living in a pipeline county, you know, a sacrifice zone. Brings to mind a wonderful story about things not always being as they appear.  Consider the story of ‘The Wizard of Oz.’  Dorothy finds a tin man looking for a heart, a cowardly lion in search of courage, and a scarecrow without a brain on her journey.  Together, they discover a small man hidden in a large machine, something that a PR manager would concoct to make their client candidate larger than life.  Dorothy and crew were disappointed when he couldn’t help them, especially when they had come so far.  It’s really time that the electorate with a brain, gets some heart and  gets some courage and starts pondering where this yellow brick road is leading.  Yes, we are all looking for magic, for a hero, and it is that exact yearning that gets us into significant trouble.  Then there are the flying monkeys.  Read on.

 The Ironworker Video Candidate is Great, But This Candidate Is Paul Ryan’s Toughest Competition

Candidate Cathy Myers Stands With Us, Against the Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline

I am so encouraged to see that Cathy Myers, who just announced her campaign against Paul Ryan yesterday, has already spoken out against the proposed Enbridge tar sands pipeline that would cut through the heart of Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District (video here). Cathy has set herself apart as an outspoken advocate on environmental issues, which is why she has earned my support and full endorsement.

Not only is Cathy the best candidate on the environment, she is also the only candidate in the race that has won an election. She is a two-term Janesville School Board member and earned the most votes in both elections. Not only has she gotten herself elected, but she led a campaign in 2015 that flipped her school board to a progressive majority for the first time in decades.

As a former AFSCME local president in Walworth County, it matters to me that Cathy is a labor leader that has actually been elected union president by her co-workers. She also led a successful three-week strike in 2003, not for a higher salary, but for teacher prep periods. By flipping the Janesville school board, she is also responsible for protecting one of the strongest teachers’ union contracts in Wisconsin despite Scott Walker’s anti-union law, Act 10.

The Enbridge Pipeline threatens not only Walworth County or Wisconsin or even the country, it threatens our entire planet. There is no more important issue in this Democratic Primary, and Cathy Myers is the candidate we can trust to not only say the right things, but to take action to move this issue forward and protect our climate.

Cathy’s primary opponent, Randy Bryce, hired Nation Consulting to run his campaign. That’s the same Nation Consulting that represents Global Pipeline Partners, which has already constructed two Enbridge pipelines through our district (link here and here).

The latest Enbridge pipeline proposal is an existential threat that Wisconsin Republicans seem dead set on pushing through against the will of the public. Enbridge has a history of building pipelines in a piecemeal fashion to avoid widespread public outcry. Enbridge also deceives the public by promising that its pipelines will be low-capacity while at the same time building pumping stations that can double or triple that capacity without notice.

The proposed Enbridge tar sands pipeline will be able to carry 2x the capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline!

We need an advocate like Cathy Myers to make this a national issue, and we need a candidate for Congress that has the resume and political skills to beat Paul Ryan.

That’s why I support Cathy for Congress and I hope you will to! Find out more or join her campaign at her website, facebook, or twitter.

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There are days my jaw just drops.  I received an email from one of the landowners in my vicinity a few days ago, which contained screen shots and a link to Enbridge’s Line 3 Canada web site.  I wasn’t real thrilled to dig through the gaudy pictures that Enbridge fills its web sites with, so, I went straight to the screen shots. Good thing we had the screen shots because the web site is down as of today, which I find interesting.  So this is what they offered the Canadians on the Line 3 route.  I thought my American readers would enjoy this.


Raffle.pngJust think, if you are a landowner you could be the lucky owner of an overvalued used white, likely Silverado, Enbridge truck or $75,000 in cash.  Trust me take the cash.  The $3,000 isn’t shoddy either.  Just hit the landowner meeting you expect to have the lowest attendance and hey, you could get lucky, real lucky.

Now, Brave Wisconsin only gave out Safety Kits worth less than $10 each.  We don’t have the deep pockets that Enbridge does.  I wonder if they are giving out self contained breathing apparatus out with that truck, because in the event of a spill, you won’t be leaving your property in that truck, if you plan on surviving.  The Safety Kit could actually be worth more, like your life.  But hey, whatever floats your boat.  Maybe you can enjoy the view of the pipeline markers from your new patio set, while you scope out your escape route from the FEMA established 1000 foot incineration zone?

I guess Enbridge has to give away the farm to get the landowners to consider selling easement to them.  I wonder what PR firm came up with this idea in Canada, and if we will see this in the lower 48 from Nation Consulting?   I can hardly wait for the Line 61 Twin enticements to begin.

Just a darn dirty come-on, but not every one is for sale.

No Compromise

There will be no compromise for candidates running in the midterms.  It’s an all or nothing deal for us here on the pipeline.  As we know, many of our landowners will be facing eminent domain.  They will have to fight.  Others will not have the resources, whether financial or emotional for this battle.  That doesn’t mean they want to sell, it means they just are too drained to fight.  Opposing eminent domain is not the same as opposing the pipeline. Not by a long shot.  We are all bright enough to know better and we won’t fall for the hype.    If the Democratic Party truly believes in climate change and wants to work to stop it, well opposing new tar sands pipelines is a good place to start, or is it just all talk?  I know I am not voting to replace one crook with another.  No we won’t fall for the spin.  We are fighting for our lives.

Brave Wisconsin will not endorse, in fact, we will fight any candidate who does not oppose these pipelines.  Period.  No compromise.  No back room deals.  No BS.  Just wait for the optics on this!

It’s the pipeline that is the problem.  Eminent domain is a symptom of it.

Same Old, Same Old

It’s pretty bad when I have to go back and dredge up posts that are two years old and post them on Facebook.  How quickly we forget.  The public has a convenient amnesia about things.  As some one who lives near a pipeline, as well as an Enbridge office, I don’t get the luxury of amnesia.  As some one who has sat at the kitchen tables of landowners who could lose their homes or farms, it’s hard for me to be unaffected by it all, or to forget.

There are simply times in life when you have to make a choice. This is one of them.

I choose not to support any candidate running for office who will not speak up against any new pipeline infrastructure in Wisconsin, or even elsewhere.  Oh sure, there are some great candidates, heroes of labor, but the problem is, some of that labor, NO NOT ALL, but some of that labor shows up at my organizing events to intimidate people and prevent them from speaking their truth about the pipelines they already deal with and the potential upcoming ones.

It became very clear to me when I had to walk a gauntlet of some rather burly LiUNA members, pipeline workers, as they lined the narrow hallway to the exit of the library in DeKalb.  I spoke to what was supposed to be landowners there and the room was loaded with union pipeline workers.

I was on the front lines during Act 10 and fully support a unionized workforce.  THAT is not the issue.

The issue is the choice that the two main parties appear to be unable to cut their ties with the fossil fuel industry for love nor money.  Now the Republicans ARE the fossil fuel industry, but the Dems?  The deeper I dug, the more sinister it got.

I’m posting a portion of my blog from exactly 2 years ago.  I had hope then that maybe things would change.  Maybe we could get a commitment from the Democratic Party to really fight pipeline infrastructure, to maybe really fight against climate change.  I’m sorely disappointed.  Jason Rae who I mention in my blog is now secretary of the National DNC.  Trump is now president and the fossil fuel industry seems more positioned to set the world on fire.  Here is my blog from 2 years ago, when I had some hope.  It’s dashed now. It’s important to understand the Wisconsin DNCs relationship with the fossil fuel industry, and this pretty much lays it out.

I just want to add, back in 2006 when negotiations, and I use that word lightly, for Lines 61 and 13 were going on, it apparently didn’t dawn on the Democrats in power at that time to provide for the people.  We now have 2.2 million barrels per day flowing though our state.  Maybe tax it?   Maybe institute a per barrel tax such as Alaska has, which provided their people with free universal health care and a check once per year.  Oh no, not here.  We got nothing.  We got the risk.  Lucky us.  We are stuck with 4 pipelines and no safety infrastructure in case of a rupture.  I have been talking myself blue in the face about what could happen if one of these babies blows, especially Line 61.  It hasn’t gotten me far.  Why?  Because for the length of this corridor, all across Wisconsin, on either side for 1500 feet we have an incineration zone.  If it doesn’t ignite we have a gas field that will kill you in a matter of seconds.  We are the Sacrifice Zone and I have been told as much by people who just don’t give a rip.  Since I wrote the blog that follows, we have gone backwards in BOTH parties, leaving me at a loss for who to support in upcoming elections.

Change Will Not Come From Above
JUNE 7, 2015
This was a big weekend. I watched the Wisconsin Democratic party delegates struggle with their choices for a candidate for chairperson of the state party. They have decided on a relatively unknown person and given the options, I would say an unknown is better than a known, in this case.

I’m surprised that the Democratic Party, the party which actually, supposedly BELIEVES in science and in Climate Change, had so much agony in this election.

Jason Rae, who has been under the tutelage of Thad Nation and Sachin Chheda of Nations Consulting, and also of Mike Tate of the Democratic Party, came far closer to winning this election that should have ever happened. For the uninitiated, Nation Consulting represents Michels, the company that lays pipeline for Enbridge. Enbridge got the go ahead from the Doyle administration to lay these lines in 2006, when Thad Nation, Sachin Chedda and Mary Burke were involved in the Doyle administration. Michels is based in Dodge County Wisconsin, but they have a huge reach internationally.

I’m shocked at the angst displayed by many pro-environmental or green delegates in the party. I’m rather new to this tangled web of Democratic pro-pipeline, pro-fossil fuel branch of the party, and I guess, because I am such a neophyte, perhaps I am naive enough to call i how I see it.

I see it like this. There is NO compromise on the issue of climate. Even more so, there is no compromise on the health, safety and welfare of the hundreds of people living on the Enbridge pipeline corridor, yep, even if the trade unions did put that pipeline in. I appreciate that working on that pipeline put bread and butter on the table of many union Democrats. I get it. What THEY seem to be missing, is no matter how much pride they take in their workmanship, no matter how carefully they did their work, their work on those damn pipelines, threatened my life, my children’s lives in a very direct way, and they continue to threaten hundreds of families along that line, when we have a heavier than air gas release. Since PHMSA has decided to come clean and say that there is a minimum distance for proximity of homes to the pipeline and that is roughly 1000 feet, IF there is no heavier than air gas present, I have had the opportunity to ponder the fate of all the folks along that line. Believe me, many of the rural residential folks are not even beyond the 1000 feet required for non-heavier than air gasses. They are simply not safe near those pipelines, any of them, just like I was not safe on the first line to go in that corridor Line 6a.

A good union friend of mine said, “How would you like it if some Joe Blow unskilled non-union pipefitter did that work instead of a highly skilled union worker?” To that I answer, it’s like asking which ax I prefer to lose my head to. Yeah, sure, probably the sharper ax, wielded by a strong arm with a good aim. Really, is this the kind of reasoning, I have to expect from Labor? I was cautioned that if I supported some one from a different party than the Dems, our fate could be left to some one less skilled, so basically, shut up, accept the pipeline put in by unions workers, and above all vote Dem, because, this is as good as it gets for folks like me. Yes, as good as it gets for folks like us? This is just the way the cookie crumbles. This is just the way the machine goes ’round and round.

Not in my world.

You see, folks, Climate Change has made life a lot more simple and complex at the same time. Simple, because we don’t have a lot of time left. Simple because a lot of us are in sacrifice zones brought on by the boom in North American fossil fuels. Complex because big oil will play the card of bomb trains against pipelines as did one Nation’s employee, during a heated conversation last weekend. Yep, Dems playing ‘Divide and Conquer’on Facebook. Complex, because, Progressive voters have been taking scraps from the Democratic Party, the size of which depends, on where on the food chain, we are located. Keystone vetoed, while Enbridge was allowed to silently plow over thousands of miles of farmland, and thousands of people’s lives, and 321 of those miles, are Line 61 and 13, in my neighborhood.

The Democratic Party MUST stop it’s covert climate change denial, via support of Labor involved with the fossil fuel industry. It’s time to stop biting our nails and defaulting to, ‘what could happen if Scott Walker gets elected president?’ as we relinquish more of our dignity. As much as I support unions, and all of our causes since the uprising, Labor does not have enough money to outspend the Koch’s in an election. We had better come up with a better battle plan.

Maybe we just need to vote our consciences. It appears like there was a step in that direction on Saturday. I’m willing to keep an open mind, and see what efforts are directed toward assisting those of us that are in this situation in the first place, because of the Dems, Nation Consulting and Michels.