The Enbridge Line 5 pipeline runs across northern Wisconsin into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. A proposed settlement made public last week by Enbridge has drawn criticism from tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins Jr.

A controversial pipeline that runs through northern Wisconsin and across the Bad River Reservation has ruptured at least 33 times in the past generation and spilled more than 1.1 million gallons of oil into the environment.

A database maintained by the federal agency charged with pipeline safety has since 1968 recorded spills on the Enbridge Energy Pipeline 5 that runs from Canada to the Upper Peninsula and then back into Canada north of Detroit. The database contains only vague details about what caused the leaks and how they were discovered, but it documents 1.13 million gallons of oil spilled since 1968.


An Enbridge Energy representative holds a sample of North Dakota light crude oil, one of the petroleum products shipped via the Enbridge Energy Pipeline 5. The company is considering rerouting the pipeline off the Bad River Indian Reservation after the tribe sued, demanding Enbridge remove the pipeline from its land.

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Enbridge Energy officials say their Pipeline 5 is safe and hasn’t ruptured in Wisconsin over the past 15 years.

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