Chippewa Band Seeks $45 Million Settlement from Enbridge

SUPERIOR, WI (Ben Caxton) — A northern Wisconsin tribe is requesting a 45 million dollar settlement from Enbridge Energy of Canada. `Mike Wiggins Junior, Chairman of The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa said in a letter the 45 million is a settlement for trespassing on reservation lands, in addition to shutting down and decommissioning the company’s oil and gas pipeline within the Bad River watershed, in order to resolve a federal lawsuit the band filed last July. Wiggins said the tribal council weighed similar settlements, the company’s continued operation under expired easements, and Enbridge’s profits in arriving at the proposal. Company officials said Thursday that they’re working quickly to move forward with permitting and rerouting Line 5.` Line 5 carries crude oil and natural gas from Superior to Sarnia, Ontario.

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