An aging pipeline has driven this Native American tribe into an unprecedented move
January 12, 2017
A Wisconsin Native American tribe wants a 64-year-old oil pipeline removed from its reservation due to concerns that it poses a grave environmental threat.
The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s tribal council approved a resolution on Wednesday, Jan. 4, to refuse new easements along 12 miles of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, which carries oil and natural gas liquids 645 miles from Canada to eastern Michigan. In a very rare move, the resolution also calls for the decommissioning and removal of the pipeline from all Bad River lands and watershed along the shores of Lake Superior in far northern Wisconsin.
“We really don’t know how everything is going to play out,” said Dylan Jennings, a Bad River council member. “We can’t speak for Enbridge and what they are thinking or what they intend to do. This is kind of an unprecedented thing from our understanding. We know of communities that attempt to stop pipelines, but don’t know of any booting out or uprooting them.”