Line 5

Judge strikes Canada letters in Line 5 case

BY: - October 13, 2021

The federal judge tasked with deciding jurisdiction for the state’s lawsuit to enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order, Judge Janet Neff, has stricken letters regarding the Canadian government’s attempts to pause the proceedings. Since June, the government of Canada has repeatedly submitted letters to the court asking Neff to hold the case in […]

Canada formally invokes pipeline treaty, asks court again to pause Line 5 proceedings

BY: - October 4, 2021

Updated, 5:01 p.m., 10/4/21 with comment from Whitmer While Canadian oil company Enbridge and the state of Michigan await a federal judge’s decision on which court — state or federal — should oversee the state’s lawsuit to enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order, the Canadian government is once again attempting to grind proceedings […]

Judge deems Line 5 mediation at ‘standstill’

BY: - September 21, 2021

Updated, 8:12 p.m., 9/21/21, with comments from Enbridge The federal judge tasked with determining which court — state or federal — will determine whether Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has formally acknowledged the mediation breakdown between the parties. In a Tuesday order, Judge Janet Neff dismisses the state’s Sept. 14 […]

State files complaint against mediator in Line 5 case

BY: - September 15, 2021

Updated, 2:23 p.m., 9/16/21, with new comments from Whitmer’s office and MackinawOde New filings in federal court Tuesday suggest that the court-ordered mediation process between the state of Michigan and Canadian oil company Enbridge has gone awry, just mere weeks away from the late September date they had anticipated the process would be complete. Attorney […]

Tlaib joins ‘Squad’ in Minn. to oppose Enbridge’s Line 3, draws parallels to Line 5 fight

BY: and - September 8, 2021

Updated, 2:07 p.m., 9/8/21, with comment from Enbridge Over the weekend, four members of the “Squad,” a group of progressive members of the U.S. House — Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) — traveled to Minnesota in opposition to Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline.  Speaking on matters […]

Another delay: Line 5 mediation is likely to wrap by late September

BY: - August 19, 2021

Mediation between the state of Michigan and Canadian oil company Enbridge has been pushed back one month due to a cancelation, meaning that a federal judge may not make a decision on which court will preside over Michigan’s lawsuit to shut down the Line 5 oil pipeline until late September or early October at the […]

GOP Rep. Berman announces AG bid in ‘22

BY: - August 13, 2021

State Rep. Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Twp.) announced his bid for attorney general on Wednesday. Berman has been a frequent critic of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 response and Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel’s plans to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.  In his campaign announcement, Berman said he values “the […]

Indigenous activists protest Line 5 in Michigan on 20,000-mile journey to DC

BY: - July 29, 2021

Tribal citizens on a 20,000-mile, cross-country journey to highlight sacred Indigenous sites and call on President Joe Biden’s administration to protect them made their ninth and final stop in Mackinaw City this week. The activists were met and welcomed Tuesday morning by Native people from numerous tribes across Michigan, including the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe […]

Enbridge ordered to retrieve 7½-ton anchor from Straits lakebed

BY: - July 23, 2021

A contractor working for Canadian oil company Enbridge left an unsecured 15,000-pound anchor between Line 5’s dual oil pipelines on Wednesday, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) disclosed Friday. Enbridge says the contractor was conducting seasonal maintenance on Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac Wednesday when the anchor was placed […]

State pushes back against Enbridge’s request to pause Line 5 suit during Canada treaty talks

BY: - July 22, 2021

Updated, 8:58 a.m., 7/23/21, with comment from Enbridge In a court filing Friday, Attorney General Dana Nessel shot back against Canadian oil company Enbridge’s “legally unfounded suggestion” that State of Michigan v Enbridge should be put on pause while Canadian and U.S. officials discuss the possibility of a Line 5 closure. Arguing on behalf of […]

At Michigan-Wisconsin border, enviros and tribes fight to keep new mine at bay

BY: - July 17, 2021

For years, Indigenous and environmental groups have been standing up against Calgary-based Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, arguing a rupture could harm the areas’s freshwater and ecosystem. And about 200 miles west across Lake Michigan, in the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula, a similar story is unfolding. On Friday, […]

State, Enbridge to conclude mediation in Line 5 lawsuit by late August

BY: - July 9, 2021

While it is still unclear when a federal judge will make a ruling on which court — state or federal — will preside over Michigan’s lawsuit against Enbridge to shut down its controversial Line 5 oil pipeline, a recent filing in State of Michigan v Enbridge offers a clue for the timeline. Canadian oil company […]