Enbridge Inc. stated that the company is willing to consider rerouting a section of Line 5 pipeline around the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin. Line 5 carries 540,000 barrels per day of Canadian crude and propane to eastern Michigan.
Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, a Native American tribe in Wisconsin sued the company on Tuesday seeking to shut the pipeline and remove sections of its Line 5 pipeline that run across their reservation due to the risk of a leak.
According to the Bad River Band, it's increasingly likely that the 66-year-old line will rupture and cause catastrophic damage. In 2017, the tribe decided not to renew easements that runs across 12 miles of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior.
“The vast majority of the easements through the reservation extend until 2043; those in question affect only a small fraction of the twelve miles of Line 5 within the reservation. Enbridge has considered re-routing Line 5, and as discussed with the Bad River Band, remains open to this option as a solution,” Enbridge spokeswoman Juli Kellner said in a statement.