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Enbridge loses bid for permit on dredge pad site

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Its probably the biggest crowd the Comstock Planning Commission has had at one of its meetings in some time.
Its probably the biggest crowd the Comstock Planning Commission has had at one of its meetings in some time.

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP (WKZO) -- Opponents of a plan to let Enbridge finish construction on a dredge pad in the Comstock Commerce Park dominated last night’s debate whether or not to grant a  special use permit to the Canadian Pipeline firm, which needed it to move forward.

Enbridge has been given until the end of the year to dredge the river delta and remove the residual oil left from the big oil spill three years ago.

They would have used the facility to process the sludge. But they began construction before seeking the proper permits and had to apologize to the Township Planners last night.

It was all downhill from there as opponents to the plan pounded the idea of permitting toxic chemicals to be processed in a light industrial zone for over four hours last night.

They skewered the company’s claim that the soil wasn’t really contaminated with anything toxic when their own internal documents say that the Tar Sands crude is indeed a toxic substance.

Now Enbridge will have to scramble to line up another location, seek permits and start dredging before they run out of time.

 

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