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By Dan Reed
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Fond Du Lac Band agrees to new pipeline on reservation land


September 6, 2018

After years of countless hearings by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and strong resistance from two environmental groups, the Fond Du Lac Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa agreed to have the new Enbridge Pipeline No. 3 routed through 11 miles of reservation lands and drop any opposition to the permitting of the new pipeline.

The financial settlement of the agreement between the Fond Du Lac Band and Enbridge will not be made public. This last year the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa settled with Enbridge on a 25-year easement on reservation lands in northwestern Wisconsin. That settlement, which has been made public, obligates Enbridge to make payments to the Band each year for about $60 million.

The Leech Lake Band has not wanted pipelines on reservation land and approved of a new pipeline corridor where the new Line 3 will be constructed off their land. In the agreement the aging old Line 3 will be removed from reservation land after the new one is built.

In the new agreement between Fond Du Lac Band and Enbridge, the pipeline corridor on reservation land will be covered by an easement for right of way extending 10 years to 2039. Carlton County, which would have had Line 3 cross 47 miles of the County east to west and added potential tax revenue to county and township governments, will see no change in local tax capacity.

“The benefits to the Band far exceed those of potential alternatives, and the agreement was the result of months of extensive consideration and strong advocacy on behalf of the Band,” commented Fond Du Lac Chair Kevin Dupuis Sr.


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