Posted by on Mar 16, 2018 in Featured

The Red Lake Tribal Council Votes to Remove Enbridge Oil Pipelines

The Red Lake Tribal Council Votes to Remove Enbridge Oil Pipelines

Red Lake – On Tuesday March 13th, The Red Lake Tribal Council voted unanimously to remove Enbridge owned oil pipelines from its lands.

According to the Red Lake Nation News, “The unanimous vote came two months after the council agreed to rescind a resolution accepting a land swap agreement with the Canadian energy company. That Jan. 9 vote paved the way for Tuesday’s action, according to Red Lake Representative Robert Smith.”

According to the Bemidji Pioneer, “The pipelines in question are located on a 24-acre parcel of land about 30 miles northwest of Bemidji. They were installed by Lakehead Pipeline Co. Inc. sometime before the 1980s, when the reservation realized it owned the land. Enbridge Energy now owns the pipelines, but does not own the land under which they are installed.

Red Lake Chairman Darrell Seki, Sr stated, “We just want them to move their lines and clean up the pollution and the damages they’ve done the past 70 years.”