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DRAFT RESTORATION PLAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE JULY 4, 2002 ENBRIDGE ENERGY, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP OIL SPILL NEAR COHASSET, MINNESOTA
This Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (Draft RP/EA) has been prepared by the Natural Resource Trustees (U.S. Department of the Interior acting through its representatives, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs; the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe; the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, as state cotrustees) and Enbridge, the responsible party, to consider and evaluate actions that will restore, rehabilitate, replace, and/or acquire the equivalent of natural resources and services injured by the discharge of oil and subsequent response actions at the Cohasset Site, pursuant to applicable State, Tribal, and Federal laws and regulations. The Trustees have determined that the Incident caused long-term injuries to wetland vegetation and wildlife habitats. It has also been determined that the Incident caused injury to air resources.
Draft RP/EA the following definitions apply to these restoration alternative categories:
Neither the On-Site Rehabilitation nor No Action/Natural Recovery Alternatives are sufficient to achieve the Trustees goal to make the environment and public whole for injuries to natural resources and services resulting from the discharge of oil at the Cohasset site. While projects considered under either the Off Site Replacement or Off-Site Restoration Alternative have the potential to achieve that goal, the Off-Site Restoration Alternative was selected as the preferred alternative because it has the greatest potential to restore the same type and quality natural resources and services as those affected by the discharge of oil. This alternative would achieve the Trustees restoration goals, has a high probability of success, does not result in significant collateral injury nor adverse health or safety impacts, provides benefit to multiple natural resources, and the estimated costs are reasonable and acceptable.
Within the Off-Site Restoration Alternative, restoration of approximately 30 acres of degraded forested and scrub shrub wetlands at a site located within the Chippewa National Forest (CNF) designated as CNF Site 3 West was selected as the preferred project to address the loss of ecological resources. This project will provide services of the same type and quality, and of comparable value, to those lost at the spill site by restoring wetland hydrology and reestablishing appropriate forested and scrub-shrub wetland vegetation through natural regeneration and replanting. Air resource injuries associated with the discharge of oil and in-situ burn will be addressed through a separate project that will entail retrofitting vehicles having older diesel engines with improved emission controls to reduce air pollutant emissions.
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Above is the Executive Summary from the Restoration Plan and EA, click here to download a PDF file of the complete 51-page Restoration Plan and EA