Enviros applaud Whitmer’s plan for propane security without Line 5

BY: - March 12, 2021

With Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s deadline for Canadian oil company Enbridge to shut down its controversial Line 5 pipeline now less than two months away, the state issued a plan Friday to ensure propane security for residents in the absence of the embattled pipeline. Enbridge has long argued that Michigan’s propane supply would be devastated without […]

Tribes worry Line 5 tunnel construction could bring sex trafficking, violence to Native communities

BY: - March 7, 2021

Updated, 3:12 p.m., 3/7/21 When oil and gas companies employ hundreds of out-of-town, typically male workers to work on pipeline projects, an uptick in that area’s rates of sexual violence and sex trafficking usually follows. That’s becoming a concern for Michigan’s Indigenous people, who cite Canadian oil company Enbridge’s impending Line 5 pipeline tunnel project […]

Peters to lead panel overseeing Line 5 regulators

BY: - February 25, 2021

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.), who has come out in favor of shutting down the Canadian Line 5 oil pipeline in the Mackinac Straits, has been selected to lead the Senate panel responsible for overseeing the pipeline’s federal regulators. Peters was named chair of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and […]

State panel doesn’t have to consider climate change in Line 5 tunnel permit decision, judge rules

BY: - February 23, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order for Canadian oil company Enbridge to shut down Line 5 by May will not have any bearing on at least one part of Enbridge’s permitting quest to build a replacement pipeline after all, much to the disappointment of many environmentalists. Administrative Law Judge Dennis Mack ruled Tuesday that although the Michigan […]

Whitmer declared an energy emergency due to weather, but Republicans try to tie it to her Line 5 shutdown order

BY: - February 23, 2021

On Saturday, in the midst of the cold snap still gripping the country and straining already-weak energy infrastructure in states like Texas, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order declaring a “state of energy emergency” in Michigan to temporarily loosen restrictions on propane distribution. The order remains in effect until Sunday and is meant to […]

Whitmer fills Line 5 panel vacancy after 8 months

BY: - February 10, 2021

One week after the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA) met for the first time in 11 months, having been a two-man panel for nearly eight of those months due to a vacancy, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that she has appointed Democrat Paul Novak of Detroit. The MSCA was created as a three-member panel in […]

Out of spotlight, two-member panel spent $475K on consulting contracts last year for Line 5 project

BY: - February 6, 2021

A two-member panel with full, independent authority to oversee the intensive project to replace Enbridge’s controversial Line 5 pipeline and keep oil flowing under the Straits of Mackinac has been quiet and out of the news for the past year, as Line 5-related court cases heat up and focus has largely been on the regulatory […]

Oil and water: Resistance, construction intensify on Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline

BY: - February 1, 2021

The camp was quiet when Winona LaDuke stepped outside to share the news: Enbridge didn’t have permission to drill under the frozen Mississippi River. Construction on that piece of the Line 3 oil pipeline would be delayed — at least as long as the frigid weather held. LaDuke had barely finished the sentence when cheers […]

Enbridge to Whitmer: We will not shut down Line 5

BY: - January 12, 2021

An Enbridge executive’s letter sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Tuesday morning made it clear that the Canadian oil company has no intention of shutting down its controversial Line 5 pipeline by May, setting up what is likely to be an ugly legal battle between the Canadian oil […]

Line 5, PFAS, the Great Lakes and more: Our best environmental reporting

BY: - December 29, 2020

Quotable of the Year: “Today is a big day for our Great Lakes.” — Sean McBrearty, Michigan legislative and policy director of Clean Water Action, when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced in November she was shutting down Line 5 It’s been a big year of news. To end 2020, the Advance is running a series of our best stories from some of […]

Nessel ‘very confident’ Michigan will prevail in fight to shut down Enbridge Line 5

BY: - December 22, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel fully expects a favorable outcome from the state’s lawsuit against Canadian oil company Enbridge, she told reporters in a year-end roundtable on Tuesday, which she is ‘optimistic’ will mean that the controversial Line 5 pipeline under the Mackinac Straits will be decommissioned by late spring. Nessel also announced plans to pursue […]

With Buttigieg as Transportation secretary, Michigan enviros envision a ‘federal ally’ in Line 5 fight 

BY: - December 16, 2020

On Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden made history in announcing former South Bend, Ind., Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg as his choice to head up the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). If confirmed, not only would Buttigieg be the youngest secretary of the department and the first openly LGBTQ cabinet secretary — he would […]