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Michigan Governor ‘Shifts’ Strategy on Line 5 Pipeline, Resuscitates 2019 Lawsuit

Michigan Governor ‘Shifts’ Strategy on Line 5 Pipeline, Resuscitates 2019 Lawsuit

After losing one legal battle, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has revived a dormant state court lawsuit in an attempt to shut Enbridge Inc.’s 540,000 b/d Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. Whitmer said Tuesday the strategy was “shifting” after dropping an unsuccessful action on Line 5 in federal court. The governor directed…

December 1, 2021
District Court Rules for Enbridge in Line 5 Dispute with Michigan

District Court Rules for Enbridge in Line 5 Dispute with Michigan

Enbridge Inc. has won a procedural round in its defense of the 540,000 b/d Line 5 after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer attempted to shut the Canadian oil conduit’s dual-pipe crossing of the Straits of Mackinac. U.S. District Court Judge Janet Neff of the Western District of Michian agreed with Enbridge that legal aspects of the…

November 17, 2021
Canada Invokes U.S. Treaty to Keep Enbridge Line 5 in Operation

Canada Invokes U.S. Treaty to Keep Enbridge Line 5 in Operation

The Canadian government on Tuesday invoked a 1977 treaty in a U.S. court to save Enbridge Inc.’s disputed Line 5 oil pipeline from a demand by Michigan’s top officials to shut down service on Wednesday. The 540,000 b/d system is scheduled to be shut down at the Straits of Mackinac crossing between Lake Michigan and…

May 12, 2021
Canada Parliamentary Committee Hints at ‘Legal Action’ in Line 5 Dispute as Mediation Set to Begin

Canada Parliamentary Committee Hints at ‘Legal Action’ in Line 5 Dispute as Mediation Set to Begin

A committee of Parliament in Ottawa has joined the Canadian campaign to save Enbridge Inc.’s 540,000 b/d Line 5 from threatened closure in Michigan. “The Government of Canada may take legal action,” said a report released Thursday by the House of Commons Special Committee on the Economic Relationship Between Canada and the United States. The…

April 16, 2021
Enbridge Asks Canada Government to Defend Line 5 Against Michigan Intervention

Enbridge Asks Canada Government to Defend Line 5 Against Michigan Intervention

Enbridge Inc. has asked the Canadian government for legal and diplomatic help to defend its 540,000 b/d Line 5 pipeline against Michigan attempts to shut it down. Enbridge Vice President Vern Yu disclosed the requests in testimony about the 68-year-old pipeline’s troubles before a House of Commons committee. Line 5 delivers oil and natural gas…

March 17, 2021
Michigan Readying Propane Trains, Storage to Fill Supply Gap Pending Line 5 Shut Down

Michigan Readying Propane Trains, Storage to Fill Supply Gap Pending Line 5 Shut Down

Michigan officials said they would have propane supply security with trains and storage available if Enbridge Inc. shuts down deliveries in May on Line 5, the Canadian oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) system. Line 5 flows 540,000 b/d, including 75,000 b/d of propane for about 55% of Michigan needs, led by two-thirds of requirements…

March 15, 2021
Enbridge Line 5 Secures Michigan Water Permits, but Fight to Avoid Shutdown Still Looms

Enbridge Line 5 Secures Michigan Water Permits, but Fight to Avoid Shutdown Still Looms

Enbridge Inc. won an environmental round in Michigan on Friday to keep its 540,000 b/d Line 5 oil pipeline running by securing state water permits to bury the pipe leg across the Straits of Mackinac. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) approved the $500 million conduit. Regulators said “the proposed tunneling…

January 29, 2021
Enbridge Says Michigan Lacks Authority to Terminate or Revoke Line 5 Oil Pipe Easement

Enbridge Says Michigan Lacks Authority to Terminate or Revoke Line 5 Oil Pipe Easement

Enbridge Inc. served notice Tuesday that Canadian oil would continue to flow across the Straits of Mackinac regardless of an order by Michigan’s executive branch to shut down the 540,000 b/d Line 5 in mid-May. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel have no power to enforce their notice issued in November that the…

January 12, 2021
Enbridge Vows ‘Thorough Response’ to Line 5 Lawsuit Brought by Michigan Governor

Enbridge Vows ‘Thorough Response’ to Line 5 Lawsuit Brought by Michigan Governor

Enbridge Inc. has vowed “a thorough response through the legal process” against a new lawsuit by the Michigan government’s Democrat executive branch that seeks to revoke the state easement for its Line 5 oil conduit across the Straits of Mackinac. In Alberta, source of most of the oil that Enbridge delivers, Energy Minister Sonya Savage…

November 16, 2020
Enbridge Resuming Full Line 5 Oil Deliveries after Safety Review Finds No Leak Threats

Enbridge Resuming Full Line 5 Oil Deliveries after Safety Review Finds No Leak Threats

Deliveries resumed Wednesday through both pipes in Enbridge Inc.’s 540,000 b/d Line 5 across the lake floor of the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan, after a safety examination shuttered one of the conduits for 11 weeks. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) allowed the Calgary-based operator to restore full capacity. The Michigan Circuit…

September 10, 2020
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