This Pipeline Cuts Across a Reservation. Wisconsin Might Make Tribal Members Felons for Protesting It.

They could face fines of $10,000 and up to six years in jail.

For more than 60 years, one section of Enbridge’s elaborate network of pipelines carrying petroleum across Canada has taken a detour through the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin.

Some of the easements that allowed Enbridge to keep its Line 5 pipeline on the tribe’s land expired in 2013, and negotiations between Enbridge and the tribe to renew the leases fell through. Yet Line 5 is still funneling Enbridge’s petroleum across the Bad River Reservation. The tribe says Enbridge is trespassing, and has sued the company to kick it off their property.

If a bill awaiting Wisconsin’s Democrat Governor Tony Evers’ signature becomes law, members of the tribe protesting Enbridge’s operations on their reservation could face fines of $10,000 and up to six years in jail...

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Ken Notes: This is becoming more complex. This is tribal land so a Wisconsin law dealing with what the Tribe members can do on their land could put us in the court system for years. This law would also increase pressure for the tribes to ask Enbridge to move the pipeline. This law was not well thought out and is not even in line with the federal recommendation. The governor has a difficult decision to make here, his phone is 608-266-1212.



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