MADISON – The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa filed an application with the court earlier this week to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in northern Wisconsin claiming safety concerns over recent flooding in the area. However, Enbridge officials and others who toured the area on Monday found the pipeline is still covered by multiple feet of soil and that no safety issues are evident.
In response to the call for shutting down the pipeline, WMC Executive Vice President of Government Relations Scott Manley released the below statement:
“As Wisconsinites continue to grapple with high energy prices, erroneously shutting down Line 5 would simply make the situation worse in Wisconsin and beyond. Line 5 is a critical piece of North America’s energy infrastructure, and it is unfortunate that the Bad River Band would use inaccurate scare tactics in this situation.
“Moreover, if the Bad River Band was actually concerned over safety, they would have granted the requests by Enbridge to reinforce the riverbank. This shows their actions are nothing more than a political stunt that has no regard for the countless Wisconsinites and others who rely on this pipeline for reliable and affordable energy.”