'We Are On The Brink Of Disaster': Public Testifies On Proposed Pipeline Reroute
July 2, 2020
People expressed fears that a proposed pipeline project threatens the climate, pristine waters and Native communities in northern Wisconsin while others claim it can be built safely and provide much-needed jobs, in a virtual public hearing on Wednesday.
Around 360 people registered to provide input about the impact of Enbridge's Line 5 relocation project on northern Wisconsin waterways as part of the hearing held by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on permits being considered for project. The pipeline carries up to 23 million gallons of oil and natural gas liquids per day from Superior to Sarnia, Ontario.
The Canadian energy firm is proposing a roughly 40-mile reroute of Line 5 outside the Bad River Reservation in Ashland and Iron counties. Enbridge is seeking to relocate the pipeline after the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa filed a lawsuit against the company aimed at shutting down and removing Line 5 from the tribe's reservation.