Enbridge Energy Corporation’s appeal of having to provide $25 million in additional insurance for the expansion of a pipeline through eastern Dane County was removed from the agenda of the county’s Zoning and Land Regulation Committee.
The appeal was to be heard July 16.
The agenda item was removed following signature of the 2015-17 biennial budget by Gov. Scott Walker on July 12.
There was a provision in the budget that prohibits counties or towns from requiring additional insurance for interstate pipeline companies if comprehensive general liability insurance includes sudden and accidental pollution liability. Counties and towns could also no longer impose requirements on conditional use permits that are pre-empted by federal or state law.
After the budget bill was signed, Dane County officials were uncertain if the scheduled appeal was necessary. Prior to the meeting, Dane County Board Chairwoman Sharon Corrigan and Zoning and Land Regulation Committee Chairman Patrick Miles announced the appeal was removed from the agenda.
In April, the Dane County Zoning and Land Regulations Committee required Enbridge to have $25 million of environmental impairment liability insurance to get a conditional use permit for pipeline substation upgrades in the Town of Medina.
The company plans to double the volume of tar sand oil being transported through the county on Line 61 that runs from Superior to northern Illinois.
Corrigan called the last minute budget move a “case of the state trying to take control out of the hands of local government.”
Enbridge lawyers said federal laws govern interstate pipeline safety and the county’s decision was shutting down the entire Line 61 expansion project.