Last Thursday, U.S. District Judge William Conley said it was unlikely he would rule to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline on the Bad River reservation. This is despite recent erosion on the river bank that has raised concerns of exposure and eruption of the pipeline. Conley claimed that the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa didn’t sufficiently prove the erosion was an emergency.
A history of Line 5 can be found on the Sierra Club website.
Joining us to talk about the pipeline and efforts to shut it down are Communities United by Water’s Barbara With, Midwest Environmental Advocates’ Rob Lee, and Sierra Club’s Elizabeth Ward.
Barbara With is the co-founder of Wisconsin Citizens Media Coop and Communities United by Water. She lives in Lake Superior on Madeline Island and has been reporting on water issues since 2011. She was part of Harvest Education Learning Project (HELP) Camp to protect Northern Wisconsin from an open mine, participated the effort in Standing Rock to protect the water from Dakota Access Pipeline, and was arrested on Enbridge Line 3 in the summer of 2021. Barbara is currently working to stop a devastating rupture of Enbridge Line 5 running through the Bad River Reservation.
Rob Lee is a staff attorney at Midwest Environmental Advocates, a non-profit environmental law center in Madison, Wisconsin, where he works on a variety of issues including oil pipeline regulation, wetland and waterway permitting, and protecting the Great Lakes.
Elizabeth Ward is the Director of the Wisconsin branch of the Sierra Club which works to prevent a climate catastrophe and protect Wisconsin’s lands, water, and wildlife.
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