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Sep 08, 2022
A Wisconsin judge has ruled in favour of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa in its dispute with Enbridge over Line 5, but stopped short of shutting down the controversial cross-border pipeline.
District Court Judge William Conley says the band has proven it was entitled to revoke permission for the pipeline to cross its territory back in 2013.
Conley also says the band, which wants the line removed from the Bad River reservation, is entitled to financial compensation – although the decision does not go into detail on that front.
The judge rejected the band’s motion to have the pipeline shut down, however, citing the potential for serious foreign policy and trade consequences for both Canada and the United States.
He acknowledges Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly’s decision late last month to formally invoke a 1977 treaty between the two countries that specifically covers cross-border pipelines.
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