Concerned landowners and community members are gathering to hear from experts about the possible impacts of the potential new Line 61-twin tar sands pipeline through Sawyer County and Wisconsin from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Flat Creek Eatery in Hayward.

Participants will include those with easements for the current pipelines or future easement holders preparing for negotiations with Enbridge.

Speakers include the following:

• Brian Jorde, attorney who represented landowners of the possible Keystone XL Pipeline.

• Mark Borchardt, landowner and founder of 80 Feet is Enough.

• Paul Blackburn, private attorney with pipeline experience Landowners across Wisconsin.

Topics to be covered include the following:

• Process for permitting the pipeline.

• Potential impacts of additional easements and/or pipelines, including on property values, property rights, and abandonment of the pipelines.

• Eminent Domain proceedings and possibilities.

• Ways to educate and protect yourself.

• Opportunity to join the Wisconsin Easement Action Team (WEAT) in order to leverage the power of a number of landowners together, organizing around the pipeline.

More information is available by calling Elizabeth Ward of Wisconsin Safe Energy Alliance at (608) 445-4489.

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