July 21st, 2023

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AG Nessel voiced her support for a Wisconsin judge’s ruling that Enbridge is trespassing on the Chippewa Indians Bad River Band reservation. The ruling determined Enbridge must relocate the 41 mile portion of Line 5 that crosses the reservation, and to pay more than $5 million in profits to the Bad River Band. AG Nessel has shown continued support and attention to decommissioning Line 5, which AG Nessel herself referred to as a “ticking time bomb” in the Great Lakes due to environmental and economic harms that would result from a Line 5 oil spill. 

AG Nessel explained that, despite the recent decision, she foresees an ongoing legal battle to continue and will further advance her own lawsuit against Enbridge that claims a similar trespass along the bottomlands of the Straits of Mackinac. Additionally, Enbridge has already publicly committed to appealing the recent Wisconsin decision, so further proceedings are expected.