The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians has denied the renewal of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline lease through their reservation.
The 64-year old-pipeline used to be called the Lakehead Pipeline.
The tribal council says it is also calling for the decommissioning, and environmentally safe removal of the pipeline from all Bad River lands and watershed.
The tribal chairman says even a minor spill could prove disastrous for the 7,000 Bad River tribal members. The Bad River Reservation covers 124,000 acres within Ashland and Iron Counties.
Enbridge spokespeople say Line 5 is a vital link to propane energy supplies needed throughout the Midwest, including northern Wisconsin.
They add that it transports up to 540,000 barrels per day of light crude oil, light synthetic crude oil and natural gas liquids – which are refined into propane.
The Bad River Lapointe Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians are a federally recognized tribe of Ojibwe people. The Bad River Reservation is located on the south shore of Lake Superior and has a land area of 156,000 acres in northern Wisconsin straddling Ashland and Iron counties. The tribe has approximately 7,000 members, of whom about 1,800 lived on the reservation during the 2000 census.
Most people live in one of four communities: Odanah, Diaperville (also called Old Odanah), Birch Hill, or Frank’s Field/Aspen Estates. Odanah, the administrative and cultural center, is located five miles (8.0 km) east of the town of Ashland on U.S. Highway 2. New Odanah is also located on the reservation. Over 90% of the reservation is undeveloped land.