Several landowners in Dane County are suing a Canadian energy firm to force the company to obtain special insurance for a nearby pipeline. A Dane County zoning committee asked Enbridge Energy to carry $25 million in environmental impairment liability insurance last April as part of a conditional use permit. Enbridge officials were seeking a permit to build a pump station for its Line 61 pipeline, which tripled capacity up to 1.2 million barrels of oil per day from Superior to the Illinois border.
Waterloo landowner Tim Jensen is one of seven named in the lawsuit. Jensen lives less than a quarter mile from the pump station that Enbridge built. He said he wants Enbridge to be a good neighbor and agree to hold the special insurance. “And, if something happens, to help me replace the losses I’m going to experience,” said Jensen.