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Vandals damage equipment at Enbridge line replacement site

Trespassers broke into a secure worksite for the Line 3 replace project near the Wisconsin and Minnesota border.

The incident was reported to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday morning, after crews arrived at the location. Crews observed anti-Enbridge graffiti, and damaged electrical lines and hoses on the equipment. Cement had been poured into the gas tanks of the equipment, as well.

No injuries were reported.

This “willful and wanton act” resulted in hydraulic fluid and motor oil from the equipment to leak onto the ground, contaminating soil on site, according to Enbridge spokeswoman Jennifer Smith. The proper authorities have been contacted and crews are working to clean up the site now, she said

The almost 13-mile segment of the Line 3 replacement project in Wisconsin is now in service. Equipment at this worksite is related to cleaning of original Line 3 as part of the deactivation process.

Tampering with equipment at a secured work site is reckless and dangerous. Incidents like this are criminal activities that put people and the environment at risk.

“The safety of the public, the environment and our workers are always our top priority, which is why this worksite was locked, secured and monitored,” Smith stated in a press release. “We take these types of incidents very seriously and will support the prosecution of all those involved.”

Smith said an estimate of the damage was not yet available.  

Anyone who has any information regarding the vandalism is asked contact the local authorities.