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Published on Oct 24, 2018
Tim Jensen has lived in Medina Township in Dane County for 45 years, in a house he built with his own two hands, 32 years ago. Now retired, he enjoys spending time with his 11 apple trees and his garden. There is an Enbridge pumping station in his “backyard.”
He came to Lobby Day in May 2017, when landowners from across the state came to the Capitol to talk to their legislators about the injustice of eminent domain for private gain. He said, “I’ve actually run into people who are on the opposite end of the political spectrum from myself, but who have come to the same conclusion, that eminent domain is a very important, basic issue for democracy.”
Dane county asked Enbridge to be a responsible neighbor, to take responsibility for any damage caused by spills that might happen in his backyard, by buying $25 million of extra spill insurance. When the Legislature passed a bill saying that a county couldn’t enforce an insurance mandate, Tim joined other landowners in a court case to try to enforce it themselves.
He urges the legislators to take up the issue of eminent domain for private gain, and to support the citizens of Wisconsin.
Credits and thank you’s These videos are the product of hundreds of hours of work by volunteers, and a generous gift from the Property Rights and Pipeline Center, and the kindness of landowners to let us into their lives. Our professional videographer who spent his time to do the interviews, and did the first round of editing was Michael O’Rourke. Second video editors were Bob Minceberg (also Music Editor) and Katie O’Connell, who volunteered countless hours implementing the changes proposed by Phyllis Hasbrouck, WiSE organizer. Elizabeth Ward, Keith Merkel, Mark Borchardt, Mary Beth Elliott, and Cathy Loeb helped create the idea, find video subjects, and organize the launch of this series. This project and the love and sweat that went into it demonstrates the power behind the coalition that will stop the Line 66 Pipeline.
The views expressed by the speakers are theirs alone and not necessarily those of the WiSE Alliance.