While Enbridge Energy Co. received its permit for waterway and wetlands crossing for two petroleum pipelines, the Department of Natural Resources requires that Enbridge wait 30 days before beginning the wetlands work in order to allow the public time to challenge the permit. The waterway work can begin immediately, according to The Capital Times.
Enbridge is building two petroleum pipelines that will stretch from Superior to Delavan.
The DNR approved the project after an environmental assessment, but environmental groups have expressed opposition to allowing construction of the pipeline without an environmental impact statement. One factor was that the pipelines would be located in the same corridor as two existing lines. Currently, it is not certain whether environmentalists would challenge the wetland decision.