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WAPOA to host workshop on oil pipelines

The Whitefish Area Property Owners Association will host a workshop for those interested in learning more about the proposed Enbridge oil pipelines affecting the area.

The Whitefish Area Property Owners Association will host a workshop for those interested in learning more about the proposed Enbridge oil pipelines affecting the area.

Members of WAPOA and other lake associations, local government officials, neighbors and all interested people are invited to attend the workshop at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Crosslake Community Center, 14126 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake. Those who attend will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session.

Jeffrey Insko and his wife are landowners along the Enbridge Line 6b pipeline in Michigan, which was Enbridge's replacement for the burst oil pipeline that in 2010 spilled more than 1 million gallons of Canadian crude oil into the Kalamazoo River.

Insko, a professor of American literature at Oakland University in Michigan, is also the author of the Line 6b Citizens' Blog, where he writes about their experiences with Enbridge's Line 6b replacement and provides a resource for landowners and concerned citizens in his area. He also serves on the board of directors of the national Pipeline Safety Trust. Insko is familiar with the lakes area as he and his family vacation every year on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes.

"Landowners in this area who would be impacted by the proposed Sandpiper and Line 3 replacement route might find Insko's experiences with Enbridge especially relevant," a news release from WAPOA stated. "Insko's story about his family's history with Enbridge is personal and compelling."

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Insko has described himself and his wife as "reluctant activists" who learned about pipelines and Enbridge by coping with an Enbridge "rebuild" on their property-a project similar to the proposed Line 03 that Enbridge seeks to include in the proposed Sandpiper corridor.

Richard Smith, president of the Friends of the Headwaters, will provide an update to the proposed Enbridge route that the organization believes could jeopardize the land, lives, lakes and livelihoods of people in this area.

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