Controversy over Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has ramped up with the ongoing fallout from the Line 3 construction in Minnesota in 2021, as well as the discovery of a new oil spill near the Bad River reservation in August of 2022. Enbridge has proposed a reroute that goes around Bad River due to the tribe’s unwillingness to grant Ebridge the permits it needs to replace the existing pipeline. These pipelines are in direct opposition of Treaty rights, which ensure the tribes the right to hunt, fish and gather food and medicine. Pipeline spills and the degradation to the environment from the construction process itself, including aquifer breeches and frac-outs during drilling, put manoomin and water at risk, which for Anishinaabe people in the region is tantamount to cultural genocide.
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On August 4, 2022 the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported that an Enbridge contractor discovered oil-contaminated soil along the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline just south of the City of Ashland. The soil is about a mile west of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation. The Tribe is currently in litigation with the foreign multi-national oil corporation to remove their pipelines from the Bad River watershed.https://wcmcoop.org/2022/08/12/citizens-demand-independent-investigation-as-enbridge-line-5-leaks-in-wisconsin-and-line-3-aquifer-breach-in-minnesota-ruptures-again/