James Botsford

Wausau Family Sued by Foreign Oil Corporation Fights Back in Court

WAUSAU, Wisconsin, 29 August, 2016 – A couple of years ago Goliath, in the form of the world’s largest oil pipeline company, Enbridge, came looking for David, the only farm landowners in North Dakota who would not let Enbridge have a 99 year lease to run whatever product they want through their land.

David, in the persons of James and Krista Botsford, live in Wausau. After not agreeing to sign the lease for any amount of money, Enbridge sued the Botsfords in Grand Forks, ND but got only some of what they wanted. Now they want the rest.

Both sides are appealing aspects of the lower court decision in a case that has implications for Wisconsin, because Enbridge has both pipelines and plans in Wisconsin, where they were recently successful in amending its laws on eminent domain.

The North Dakota Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on this potentially precedent setting case in Bismarck, ND, on Sept. 21st.

The Botsfords’ Wisconsin supporters are holding a legal defense fundraiser at Basil Restaurant in Weston, Sunday Sep. 4 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

For more detail about the case, the issues, and fundraiser, visit

The GoFundMe fundraiser page can be accessed directly at

For more information contact James Botsford at or 715-845-5532.

Images of the Botsfords’ land in North Dakota (below)

botsford land in north dakota

botsford land in north dakota

Links to a sample of media reporting on earlier stages of the court process:

Huffington Post
Grand Forks Herald
Minneapolis Star Tribune