Judge: Pipeline can operate on reservation amid reroute work

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal judge will allow an oil and gas pipeline to continue to flow on a northern Wisconsin American Indian reservation while its operators work to reroute the line around the tribal land.

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa sued Enbridge in 2019 demanding it remove the section of line that runs across the tribe’s reservation in Ashland County. The tribe is concerned the pipeline could rupture and contaminate its drinking water.

Enbridge has been working on a 40-mile reroute around the reservation. Western District Judge William Conley ruled Wednesday the company can continue to operate the line on the reservation until its relocation project is finished.

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