BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — A grass-roots group on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation is mounting a petition campaign against a proposed oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.
The Leech Lake Tribal Council approved a deal with Enbridge Energy to allow the pipeline to run across the reservation. But some tribal members have presented petitions asking the council to cancel the deal or to put it to a referendum vote.
Marty Cobenais, a spokesman for the Indigenous Environmental Network, says people are worried about possible leaks from the pipeline.
The line would parallel an existing pipeline, which brings crude oil from Canada's tar sands to a refinery in Superior, Wis.
Enbridge says the line is being built to respond to demand for more crude oil. An Enbridge spokeswoman says the company expects to start construction in a couple weeks.
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org