Mashkiiziibi (Bad River) Band files suit against Enbridge

Posted on July 31, 2019 by

Mashkiiziibi (Bad River) Band files suit against Enbridge

The Bad River (Mashkiiziibi) Band of Lake Superior Chippewa filed suit against Enbridge on July 23 in an effort to have the 66-year old Line 5 pipeline that crosses their reservation decommissioned and removed.  Owned by the Canadian Corporation, Enbridge, Line 5 also traverses the Straits of Mackinac–the water that connects Lakes Michigan and Huron.

Located on the south shore of Lake Superior, the Bad River Reservation includes vast wetlands and a network of rivers and streams that contain some of the last remaining wild rice beds on the Great Lakes.  In January of 2017, the Band passed a resolution that it would not consent to new easements for Line 5 across parcels of tribally-owned land due to threats it posed to water resources.

In a press release, Bad River Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins Jr. stated, “No amount of compensation is worth risking Wenji-Bimaadiziyaang- an Ojibwe word that literally means ‘From where we get life.’ It’s time to end the imminent threat the company is presenting to our people, our rivers, and gichi gami (Lake Superior). It’s not only an infringement of our sovereignty, but a burden felt by our people having to engage in the perpetual chase for the next pipeline rupture. It’s time to stop the flow of oil immediately.”


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