Mellen Mayor Joe Barabe broke a 3-3 City Council tie to reject a request by Enbridge Energy to conduct a survey on city-owned land as part of a possible rerouting of its Line 5 oil pipeline around the Bad River Indian Reservation.

The vote came after a presentation by Enbridge representative Jennifer Smith seeking permission for the survey. Also at the meeting was Dr. Susan Turney, who challenged Smith’s presentation, calling on the city not to approve the Enbridge request.

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