The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa announced that it will not renew some of its easement agreements with Enbridge Energy Partners, a major pipeline company.
Enbridge’s Line 5 runs through norther Wisconsin and transports about 540,000 barrels per day of light crude oil and natural gas. Segments of the pipeline cross tribal lands.
In the wake of protests against the development of the Dakota Access pipeline, which galvanized national attention on issues of native land rights and clean water, the decision not to renew the easements represents yet another gesture of local opposition to the fossil fuel industry.
Enbridge was caught by surprise and its spokesperson told Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) that the company hopes to work with the tribe to find a resolution.
According to WPR, however, Bad River Tribal Spokesman Dylan Jennings explained that “No form of compensation or negotiations will change our decision. We stand pretty firm on this. It’s not about the money. It’s about the environment and what we leave behind for our next generations.”
The tribe seeks to have the pipeline removed from its land, but recognizes that the situation is uncertain and a complex legal battle may lay ahead.
For the complete story, see:
- Danielle Kaeding, “Northern Wisconsin Tribe Wants Enbridge To Remove Pipeline From Reservation,” WPR News, January 6, 2017.