Enbridge Inc. wants a U.S. judge to confirm that the controversial Line 5 pipeline won’t be shut down before it can be rerouted around Indigenous territory.
The Calgary company is asking Wisconsin district court Judge William Conley to clarify his order that the pipeline be moved within the next three years.
The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa has been fighting Enbridge in court since 2019, saying the company no longer has permission to operate on its land.
Conley has given the company until June 2026 to finish the planned reroute, but was not explicit about whether Line 5 can keep operating in the meantime.
In its latest court filing, Enbridge asks Conley to make it clear that the pipeline can continue to operate on Bad River territory until the reroute is finished.
Enbridge says it expects the permitting process for the extension to wrap up some time in 2025, and that relocating the section of pipe would take about a year.