A Chippewa tribe on Lake Superior is demanding that a 12 mile stretch of oil pipeline owned by Calgary-based Enbridge be removed from their land after 64 years.
The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s tribal council approved a resolution Wednesday refusing to renew easements for 11 parcels of land along a section of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, which carries oil and natural gas liquids 645 miles from Canada to eastern Michigan.
The resolution also calls for decommissioning the pipeline and removing it from the tribe’s reservation along the shores of Lake Superior in far northern Wisconsin. The resolution also directs tribal staff to prepare recycling, disposal and surface restoration work that would come with removal.
But it isn’t clear whether the tribe can force removal of the pipeline. Brad Shamla, Enbridge’s vice president of U.S. operations, told the Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday it was too early to speculate on what authority the tribe may have.