Saginaw Chippewa Tribe to investigate potential burial grounds

The route of the proposed natural gas pipeline. Image from ET Rover

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan will investigate whether there are any burial grounds along the route of a proposed pipeline.

ET Rover has conducted archeological surveys for the 800-mile natural gas pipeline. But the company won't disclose whether it has found any burial grounds or settlements.

"If there are any Indian burial grounds, we will do everything we can to protect them," tribal spokesperson Frank Cloutier told MLive. "There are very specific guidelines that must be followed. They are dead in the water if we find burial grounds."

ET Rover will need approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build the $4.3 billion pipeline. The route runs through Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

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