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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 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 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

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

Enbridge Begins Work on Contested Line 5 Crude Project Tunnel

While most of the $500 million safety project still requires state approvals, Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. has started work on tunnels for water crossings of its contested 540,000 b/d Line 5. Deliveries have begun through a $20 million tunnel that replaced a 66-year-old riverbed trench. The tunnel consists of new pipe in a tube 2,814 feet…

August 19, 2020

Enbridge Temporarily Shuts Off Line 5 Ahead of Court Hearing in Michigan

Enbridge Inc. obeyed a court order Thursday to shut off its 540,000 b/d Line 5 pipeline that crosses the Straits of Mackinac until a hearing scheduled for Tuesday (June 30) on a Michigan state request for an injunction against resuming oil flows. An Ingham County, MI, judge granted a temporary restraining order sought by Michigan…

June 26, 2020

California, Minnesota, Wisconsin AGs Join Michigan Fight to Shut Down Enbridge Line 5

The attorneys general (AG) of Minnesota, California and Wisconsin have formally lent their support to a lawsuit filed by Michigan AG Dana Nessel seeking to shut down Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 light crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline across Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac.

November 20, 2019

Enbridge Facing Wisconsin Lawsuit to Remove Crude Line 5

Enbridge Inc. is reviewing a newly launched Wisconsin counterpart to the Michigan lawsuit that seeks to shut down a 540,000 b/d northern leg of its oil delivery network in Canada and the United States, the company said.

July 24, 2019

Enbridge Offers to Speed Tunnel Work on Line 5 Oil Pipeline Replacement

Enbridge Inc. is offering to speed up work on a planned tunnel for the four-mile underwater leg of its Line 5 oil pipeline across the Straits of Mackinac in response to Michigan state demands for swift action.

June 3, 2019

Enbridge, Michigan Reach Deal on Line 5 Oil Pipeline Replacement

Enbridge Inc. has agreed to cover the costs of an underwater tunnel that would accommodate a replacement for its 65 year-old oil and natural gas liquids pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

October 5, 2018
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