Bad River Band calls for site remediation following Enbridge helicopter crash

UPDATE: ODANAH, WI – The Bad River Natural Resource Department is calling for public comments on the remediation of the Enbridge helicopter crash site.

The Bad River Band said as a result of a helicopter operated by Enbridge crashing on the reservation on Oct. 29, 2018, hazardous substances, including jet fuel and other fluids present in the helicopter, were released.

The Band said the health of Bad River Tribal members is typically at risk when there is a release of hazardous substances to the environment.

The Band said they are requesting Enbridge to implement, “an option that would clean up the contamination in place using naturally occurring organisms.”

Enbridge said it’s abiding by Band regulations with regard to the remediation of the site.

The Band said the company estimates around 100 cubic yards of soils needs to be remediated.

The Band is collecting public comments on the remediation of the crash site and on its impact on natural resources, through Jan. 22, 2019.

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ODANAH, WI – The Bad River Natural Resource Department is calling for public comments on the remediation of the Enbridge helicopter crash site.

The Bad River Band says as a result of a helicopter operated by Enbridge crashing on the reservation on Oct. 29, 2018, hazardous substances were released.

The Band does not specify what the substance is, or how much was released; however, they do request Enbridge implement an “in-situ bioremediation option” at the remote site.

The Band says that means, “an option that would clean up the contamination in place using naturally occurring organisms.”

The Band says it is collecting public comments on the remediation of the helicopter crash site, and on its impact on natural resources, through Jan. 22, 2019.

Enbridge did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

Photo credit: Rick Olivo, Ashland Daily Press

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Enbridge released this statement Tuesday:

“The Bad River Natural Resources Department is the lead agency on this project.  Enbridge respects the sovereignty of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and is abiding by Band regulations with regard to the remediation of the site. Enbridge has been working with the Band since the incident occurred to remediate the site and appreciates the BRNRD’s efforts in assisting Enbridge with the initial search and rescue efforts. We look forward to moving ahead with this well considered and thorough process.”

Ramona Marozas

Ramona Marozas

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