Enbridge looks to conduct surveys to move pipeline

Enbridge Energy is looking for permission to conduct land surveys in northern Wisconsin as it considers re-routing a pipeline out of an American Indian reservation.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports the company wants to conduct environmental surveys along a 40-mile stretch in Ashland and Iron counties to replace an existing 20-mile segment of Line 5 that runs through the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s reservation.

An Enbridge agent informed Mellon city officials Thursday that the company wants to access four parcels of city-owned property. Several area residents told Mellon aldermen that they’ve been approached by Enbridge agents seeking access in the last week.

Tribal members sued in July to force Enbridge to remove sections of Line 5 that through the reservation out of concerns the aging line could rupture.

Get your weather forecast from people who actually live in your community. We update with short, easy-to-use video forecasts you can watch on your phone every day. Download the iOS or Android app here.