Riding to raise environmental awareness

Phyllis Hasbrouck, WiSE Alliance member, talks Enbridge’s plans for existing Line 61 and additional Line 61 on Tuesday night at Gilman Village Park and introduces Honor the Earth members from around the country. More than 40 riders from around the country are taking part in the ride. About 20 area residents joined them for a potluck dinner at the Gilman park on Tuesday evening. The group camped overnight in Gilman before continuing to ride along the pipeline corridor in the state.

Honoring the earth really is what the Native-led organization, Honor the Earth, has set out to do for over 24 years. On July 10, Honor the Earth, led by founder Winona LaDuke, started their 5th annual Love Water, Not Oil Spiritual Horseback Ride in Nekoosa and stopped for the night in Gilman.
Tuesday the riders stopped in Gilman for a potluck-style dinner, hosted by the WiSE Alliance, and gave a short presentation before continuing their trip on the route of Enbridge’s pipeline 61 and the anticipated route of the proposed Line 61 twin, or line 66. Honor the Earth’s goal is to raise awareness about Line 66 and Line 3. They are riding because they say both pipelines threaten the environment, property rights, and the treaties that were established in the 1800s.
Enbridge Energy, the $42 billion Canadian company that operates Line 61, is tripling the capacity of that line from the original 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 1.2 million bpd. In addition to increasing the capacity of Line 61, Enbridge has plans underway to “twin” Line 61, creating a new line (66) in the same corridor to carry 800,000 bpd, meaning that 2 million barrels would flow through Wisconsin each day.

See the full story in this week's issue of The Star News.

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