Enbridge Energy, the Wisconsin based oil transportation company, is asking for eminent domain to lay a pipeline that'd carry crude oil from the shale and sands of Canada through central Illinois to a facility in Marion County. The petition from Enbridge asks for eminent domain under provisions associated with utilities ability to put in electric and natural gas lines. The Illinois Commerce Commission approved the path four years ago, noting that Enbridge's request is "reasonable," and that "due consideration...was given to minimize impacts on wetlands and other environmentally sensitive locations..." Opposition from landowners and environmentalists concerned with possible leaks of the heavy crude have stalled the project. Lawyers representing the landowners and others say they will fight the petition for eminent domain, and their clients are still concerned over groundwater and wetlands pollution a break in the pipeline could cause.
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