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Fond du Lac Band Reaches Agreement on Line 3 Pipeline

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The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has reached an agreement
with Enbridge Energy Partners on the replacement of Line 3 through the
Reservation.

"We reached this agreement after very extensive work to make sure that
the construction and operation of these pipelines best protects the Fond
du Lac Band's needs, rights and interests, and the community at large,"
said Kevin Dupuis, Chairman of the Fond du Lac Band. "Our first priority
is and has always been to protect our people, our homeland, our Treaty
rights, our culture, traditions, and our way of life – ‘inaadiziwin.' 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."

The need for this agreement was set in June, when the Minnesota Public
Utilities Commission (PUC) approved Enbridge's applications for permits
for Line 3. The PUC also said that they would approve a new route for
Line 3 that would go outside of, but very close to, the Fond du Lac
Reservation unless the Band and Enbridge reached an agreement that would
allow Enbridge to place the line on the current corridor through the
Reservation.

The agreement allows Replacement Line 3 to be built along the existing
corridor through the Reservation with a comprehensive set of safety,
environmental, economic and financial benefits to the Band. These are
benefits that would not be possible if Line 3 was built outside the
Reservation.

The benefits include:

  • Protection of important wild rice waters, lands and natural resources
    in the 1854 Ceded Territory.
  • Removal of the old Line 3 replacing it with a safer pipe and making
    other needed repairs to other lines.
  • With the changes to the pipeline, Band members will have access to
    wildlife and portions of the Reservation that have been inaccessible.
  • Enbridge will comply with Band laws, as well as federal and state laws
    for environmental protection and safety.
  • Compensating the Band for the costs of having the pipelines located
    through the Reservation.
  • Contracting, training and job opportunities for Band members.

The right-of-way through the Reservation will be extended by ten years
from its currently scheduled expiration of 2029 – so it will end in
2039. The Band can then re-assess matters regarding the pipeline
corridor in consideration of changing times and the Band's needs and
priorities.

About the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa:

The Fond du Lac Band is one of six Chippewa Indian member bands that
make up the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. The Fond du Lac Reservation was
established by the La Pointe Treaty of 1854. Archaeologists, however,
maintain that ancestors of the present-day Chippewa (Ojibwe) have
resided in the Great Lakes area since 800 A.D. Today, the Band includes
over 4,200 members. The Ojibwe name for the Fond du Lac Reservation is
"Nagaajiwanaang", which means "where the water stops".

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