The Enbridge Corporation’s Line 61 carries 560,000 barrels of tar sands oil a day from Superior, Wisconsin to Pontiac Illinois. In 2015, the Canada-based Enbridge sought to triple the capacity of Line 61, which would require upgrades to pumping stations throughout Wisconsin, the last of which sits within Dane County. Responding to concerns about the likelihood of a spill the county Zoning and Land Regulations Committee, imposed a requirement on the permit for the Pump Station that the company carry insurance to cover the costs of any cleanup after a spill. The state legislature banned local governments from requiring insurance for energy companies in a clause buried within the 2015 budget bill. However, the county issued the permit before the law went into effect. Enbridge took the county to court, won in circuit court, only to have the county’s insurance requirement upheld on appeal. The Wisconsin Supreme Court will take up Enbridge v. Dane County later this month. Peter Anderson, Risk Management Chair for Madison 350 joined Monday Buzz producer Kai Brito on September 17, 2018.
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