The Latest: Enbridge officials want time to review lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a Native American tribe’s lawsuit to force Enbridge Inc. to remove sections of a pipeline that runs across a Wisconsin reservation (all times local):

4 p.m.

Enbridge Inc. officials aren’t saying much about a lawsuit that members of a Native American tribe in Wisconsin have filed seeking to force the Canadian company to remove sections of a pipeline that runs across their reservation.

Enbridge spokeswoman Juli Kellner says the company has only just received the filing and needs time to review it.

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Enbridge’s 66-year-old Line 5 pipeline runs for 12 miles through the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s reservation along the shores of Lake Michigan. The tribe filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking an order forcing Enbridge to remove the pipeline, arguing it could rupture and devastate the environment.

The tribe contends easements for the line expired in 2013.

Kellner said Tuesday most of the company’s right of way on the reservation is covered by perpetual easements on private land or a 50-year agreement with the tribe that doesn’t expire until 2043.

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This item has been updated to correct the spelling of the Enbridge spokeswoman’s first name to Juli instead of Julie.

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2:20 p.m.

A Native American tribe in Wisconsin is suing Enbridge Inc. in hopes of forcing the Canadian company to remove a key pipeline that runs through their reservation.

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Madison.

The Line 5 pipeline carries oil and natural gas liquids from Canada to eastern Michigan. The pipeline runs for 12 miles through the Bad River’s reservation along the shores of Lake Superior in far northern Wisconsin.

The tribe argues in the lawsuit that the 66-year-old pipeline could rupture on the reservation and easements for the line expired in 2013. The lawsuit seeks an injunction forcing Enbridge to stop using the line and remove it from the reservation.

An Enbridge spokesman hasn’t responded to a phone message.

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This item has been updated to correct that the pipeline runs for 12 miles across the reservation.

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