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In response to a Dec. 20 guest column by Lee Monthei of Enbridge Energy:

I have read the entire 116 page environmental assessment prepared in 2006 by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for work in 2007. In 2010, Enbridge suffered a catastrophic spill of tar sands into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River.

Enbridge claims its safety standards have changed since then. If so, why are they using an assessment from 2006 to justify tripling their pumping rate?

Nowhere in the assessment did I find mention of pumping rates of 1.2 million barrels per day, only 400,000. Yet Enbridge claims it has approval for pumping at the higher rate, based on the 2006 environmental assessment.

Are we also to take Enbridge’s word that it will not be blowing out the welds or cracking the pipe when it triples the pumping rate on a line that was evaluated eight years ago and prior to a major spill?

So far, this pipeline has been operated with minimal incident. Let’s keep it pumping at that rate instead of tripling it.

-- Judy Skog, Madison

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