Wisconsin judge won't order Enbridge Line 5 closed

Wisconsin judge won't order Enbridge Line 5 closed

U.S. judge says shutting down oil and gas pipeline would have serious implications for Canadian and U.S. foreign policy.

A Wisconsin judge has ruled in favor of an Indigenous community in its dispute with Enbridge over Line 5, but does not order the closure of the cross-border pipeline.

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In his ruling, District Court Judge William Conley acknowledges that shutting down the oil and gas pipeline would have serious implications for the foreign policy of Canada and the United States.

He also notes the recent decision by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, to invoke a treaty of 1977 between the two countries that specifically covers cross-border pipelines.

Judge Conley, however, asserts that the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa, who want the pipeline to be removed from his territory, is entitled to financial compensation.

He ordered Enbridge to redirect the pipeline around the territory of the Bad River Band reservation from here five years, an effort the company says is already underway.

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