In 2015, Enbridge persuaded Wisconsin Republicans, who have long expressed vigorous support for private property rights, to change the state’s eminent domain law. The change makes it easier for the company to turn to the government to force property owners to allow construction crews to bury new pipes across their land.

The move stunned many citizens in the path of the potential pipeline, but it came as no surprise to those who have resisted the company’s expansion efforts in recent years. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel