The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering permits that would allow Canadian oil giant Enbridge to build a new 41-mile segment of its Line 5 oil pipeline around and upstream of the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin. The construction project would cross nearly 200 waterbodies and more than 100 acres of wetlands, putting some of Wisconsin’s most precious natural areas at risk. 

FSPA sisters and associates as well as members of the Driftless Region FJC and the E. Wisconsin FJC traveled to Ashland, WI on June 4 to participate in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ public hearing regarding a forthcoming environmental assessment of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline expansion. Sr. Georgia Christensen, FSPA, gave an oral statement (at 18:00 mark here) at the hearing. 

On a national level, public comments are now being accepted by email or physical mail through August 4. Following the FJC and FSPA examples of solidarity, please submit a comment, aligning it with our Franciscan values. Sierra Club offers this toolkit with guidance on how to submit a comment.

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