The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWVWI) is working with the LWV of Ashland and Bayfield Counties to contact Governor Walker and the Attorney General, Senators, and Representatives of Wisconsin in support of the Chippewa Bad River Band's denial of renewing an easement for Enbridge's Line 5.
Pipeline 5 runs through the Lake Superior tribe's lands in Ashland County. The Chippewa refuse to renew the easement on their tribal land until a meaningful tribal consultation and full environmental review--a comprehensive environmental impact statement--is completed to their satisfaction.
LWVWI passed a resolution calling on their elected officials to rescind all permits and deny the easement of Pipeline 5 across the land. The League cited concerns, shared with the Chippewa, for the potential for oil leaks and crude oil pollution of the Bad River Watershed, Lake Superior, and Lake Michigan. LWVWI also acknowledged the special status of Native Americans, and respect for Tribal sovereignty and treaty rights in regard to water resources.
Thank you, LWVWI for your advocacy!
NOTE: This post was updated and corrected on 3/12/17.