Spotlight: Line 5 pipeline vital to small business

By Brian Dake

This column first appeared in the Superior Telegram 

Like many families across Wisconsin, small businesses are struggling with the rising costs of energy. When the price of gas, diesel, propane, natural gas and electricity goes up, so does the price of everything else. So, while the price at the pump may provide the sticker shock, the impact goes far beyond what it costs to fill up.

It’s not often a state can help an entire regional energy market as much as Wisconsin can right now. Line 5 is currently going through the approval process to relocate at the request of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Enbridge, the operator of Line 5, began this relocation approval process through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in 2020. Since then, the pipeline project has gone through multiple public hearings and public comment periods. In fact, the most recent public comment period included over 11,000 Wisconsinites showing their support for the project, based on a review of the comments submitted to the DNR by the Wisconsin Jobs and Energy Coalition. By a more than 2-to-1 margin Wisconsinites who submitted comments to the DNR supported this privately funded project.

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