Following an announcement from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa calling for the decommissioning and removal of Line 5 from its reservation in Northern Wisconsin, Enbridge, while surprised, says it plans to take some time to review the Band’s decision in detail to determine its next steps.
According to Enbridge officials, the company and the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have been discussing the easement renewal since before the agreements expired in 2013 and Enbridge has responded to Band’s requests for information and negotiated in good faith for the past three and a half years. In addition to working toward a mutually beneficial agreement, the company also worked with the Band’s cultural resources, natural resources, and legal departmental staff to maintain safe pipeline operations within the boundaries of the Reservation.
Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has been safely operating through the reservation since 1953 and it provides an important supply of light crude oil and natural gas liquids. An easement was acquired at the time of construction and Enbridge still maintains an agreement with the Band into the 2040s.
Line 5 provides a vital link to propane and other energy supplies in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. Line 5 transports up to 540,000 barrels per day (bpd) of light crude oil, light synthetic crude oil, and natural gas liquids (NGLs), which are refined into propane. These products heat homes and businesses, fuel vehicles, and power industry.