Enbridge Energy Partners have been negotiating with the tribes in northern Wisconsin to renew the easement of their pipelines through their reservations.
The Bad River Tribe, on Lake Superior, called on Enbridge to remove their pipeline from their lands this January. “As many other communities have experienced, even a minor spill could prove to be disastrous for our people” stated Tribal Chairman Robert Blanchard.
The Lac Courte Oreille Tribe proudly announced this week that they came to a 25 year lease agreement allowing Enbridge to operate two of its pipelines across 3.5 miles of reservation land for $59 million. “These pipelines have been on our land for a long time and we saw a unique opportunity to exercise our sovereignty,” said LCO Chairman Louis Taylor.
Seems like everyone got what they wanted.