Enbridge to Remove Existing Line 3 from Tribal Lands If New Pipeline Is Built

Enbridge to Remove Existing Line 3 from Tribal Lands If New Pipeline Is Built

Joe Bowen | Duluth News Tribune

An aging oil pipeline is set to be removed from tribal lands east of Bemidji.

Enbridge Inc. agreed with Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe leaders to remove the company’s existing Line 3 oil pipeline from the reservation if or when it gets the go-ahead to build a replacement. The new pipeline would circumvent the Leech Lake Indian Reservation.

The agreement between the multinational energy company and the band was negotiated this fall and filed with state regulators Thursday. It also establishes some emergency plans for the removal project and includes a broad commitment from the company to work with the band on green energy projects.

“We get it out of the ground,” said Lenny Fineday, an attorney for the band, of the existing Line 3. “From 2012 and ’13, when Enbridge first approached us about the pipeline deteriorating, that has been our No. 1 goal…” (Read the full story)

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