This is an underreported story.
BP wants to do some work on a pipeline crossing of a ditch near St. John. The pipeline goes over the ditch, and BP wants to repaint the portion above ground and replace a couple of supports. This is very minor work.
But because of a certain former Republican Surveyor candidate who happens to work for BP, and who happened to completely humiliate Van Til during the election (although Van Til had the last laugh by actually winning), Van Til is taking it to BP. He is demanding that, rather than just repainting the crossing, that the pipeline be replaced and buried under the ditch.
He uses Enbridge as an example. Enbridge is replacing their pipeline throughout Lake County, and they are making concession after concession to Van Til. As a result, he is even more full of himself then normal.
Of course, if you are replacing a pipeline entirely, it may have very little incremental cost to bury it under a ditch rather than go over it. It might pay to get quick approval, in fact.
But no one would accept, say, having the government say that you had to replace your siding when you went in to get a permit to just paint it, which is essentially what Van Til is saying to BP.
BTW, what the f ever happened to that FBI raid of Van Til's office? Grand jury?