Enbridge Open to Re-Route Line 5 After Legal Action

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. 


Energy Transfer Will Not Consider Reroute of Dakota Access Pipeline

CEO of the pipeline company building the Dakota Access pipeline said he would not consider a reroute of the pipeline through Lake Oahe in North Dakota but would agree to meet with the head of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe about the route in order to ease the tribe’s concerns.

Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, said there is not another way around the lake but that he would be willing to explain to Dave Archambault, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, how the route through Lake Oahe is the least impactful site.

Archambault also said he would meet with Warren but believes there would be no change of heart for either opinion of the pipeline route.

President Obama suggested earlier this month a possible reroute for the pipeline, which the Native American tribe agreed to so long as the pipeline would not go near their reservation.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had originally granted Energy Transfer Partners an easement back in July to build under the lake but is now reconsidering the easement while conducting more studies on the land and receiving more input from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Energy Transfer responded to the Corps’ further delay of the pipeline by asking a District Judge for permission to build without the Corps’ permission. However, the judge may not make a decision until at least January of next year.

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North Dakota Regulators Propose Fine Against Pipeline Developer

North Dakota regulators are proposing to fine Energy Transfer Partners, the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline, of at least $15,000 after claiming the company continued construction last month without receiving regulators’ permission.

The Public Service Commission of North Dakota announced Monday that Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer, did not ask for permission from the regulators to continue construction last month after finding certain ancient artifacts.

The company rerouted around the artifacts so as not to disturb them when they were found, which was approved by the State Historic Preservation Office. However, the regulators claim the company should have received clearance from the regulators as well.

A spokesperson for Energy Transfer says the company does not think it violated any rules but that it is currently working with the Public Service Commission. The company can agree to the fine or request a hearing.

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