Do you paddle on the Illinois, Rock, Fox, Kishwaukee, or South Kishwaukee Rivers? Imagine arriving for a lovely paddle and being turned away because of an oil spill in the river! The first step in protecting the rivers that you love is to find out what is threatening them, so come and learn about a proposed new pipeline that Enbridge, a Canadian oil pipeline company, wants to put through northern Illinois. You have two opportunities: Monday, June 17 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St., Sycamore, IL, or Tuesday, June 18, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Ottawa Campus of the Illinois Valley Community College, 321 W. Main St., Ottawa, in Room 105. These events, sponsored by Save Our Illinois Land (SOIL), are free and open to the public. http://saveourillinoisland.org/
Both events will start with a potluck (bring a dish to pass – store bought food is OK – and your own place setting (but we’ll bring disposables just in case). After supper we’ll watch a short (38 minute) film called “Pipe Dreams.” Made a few years ago, it’s about the controversial Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline that TransCanada is still trying to put through the Sand Hills of Nebraska. The issues are the same as the ones we face in Illinois:
- the danger to rivers and creeks if there were to be a spill of the toxic cargo planned to flow through both the KXL and the “Line 61 twin,” aka Line 66 that would go through the counties of Boone, DeKalb, LaSalle and Livingston;
- the danger to groundwater, farmland, humans and animals; and
- the taking of land by eminent domain for private gain.
After the film, we’ll have a discussion about Line 66, what it would mean for residents and visitors to northern Illinois, and how we can stop it. Please join us! For more info, contact Phyllis at email@example.com or call her at 608-628-2605.
For more info on how a tar sands spill into a river can be devastating, read this article from St.Croix 360, that refers to the Kalamazoo River spill in July 2010, where almost a million gallons of tar sands, mixed with toxic, carcinogenic, flammable “diluents” including benzene and hydrogen sulfide, fouled 35 miles of that river and 4435 acres of shoreline.
For a shorter article in Wikipedia, go here.
Though some people say “You can’t stop a pipeline,” it’s a new day in America, and many pipelines have been stopped by citizen opposition. Check out this map that shows the 28 pipelines that were cancelled just in 2015 and 2016!
Paddlers know what a valuable and fragile resource rivers are – please join SOIL in taking action now to protect them!