Line 5

Mich., Minn. water protectors show up in force at public comment for Line 5 tunnel project

BY: - September 14, 2022

From early afternoon Thursday until the late evening, representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District sat and listened in a Saint Ignace event space while Indigenous water protectors, environmentalists, Enbridge supporters and concerned citizens argued for and against the Canadian pipeline company’s proposed Line 5 replacement project. USACE’s public comment period […]

Judge rules for tribe in Line 5 suit, says Enbridge is trespassing and must pay damages

BY: - September 9, 2022

Short of an order to decommission the Line 5 pipeline, an Ojibwe tribe on the south shore of Lake Superior secured a different legal victory Thursday in its federal lawsuit against Canadian pipeline company Enbridge. The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians has been locked in a legal battle with […]

New: Most Michigan voters support Inflation Reduction Act, want further climate change action

BY: - August 30, 2022

New polling has found that a majority of Michigan voters support President Joe Biden’s recently signed federal law that will pour $750 billion into priorities like climate and health care, while even more residents would support Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer securing those funds for energy projects in Michigan. The Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act, signed into […]

In blow to state, Nessel’s 2019 suit to shut down Line 5 to remain in federal court

BY: - August 19, 2022

A federal judge on Thursday denied Attorney General Dana Nessel’s motion to remand her 2019 lawsuit against Enbridge back to state court where it originated, presenting a significant setback in the state’s efforts to shut down the aging Line 5 pipeline that transports oil under the Straits of Mackinac. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, after Neff ruled […]

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opens Line 5 environmental review

BY: - August 15, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District on Monday formally published a notice of intent for its forthcoming draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on the embattled Line 5 tunnel project. The EIS process means that the plans to replace the aging pipeline will be scrutinized by the highest level of federal environmental review […]

Contaminated Ashland soil along Enbridge Line 5 under investigation

BY: - August 5, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is assisting in the investigation of suspected oil-contaminated soil collected along Enbridge Line 5 south in Ashland, Wisc. The pipeline stretches from Sarnia, Ontario, through a swath of northern Michigan to Wisconsin. According to a state DNR press release, an Enbridge contractor reported the soil to the DNR […]

‘We’re still here’: Indigenous water protectors call for Enbridge to respect treaty rights

BY: - July 25, 2022

On a cloudy May afternoon, a short walk from the turbulent Mackinac Straits waters, tribal citizens from Michigan to Siberia marched miles down the streets of Mackinaw City in protest against fossil fuel projects on tribal lands. The date was May 14, 2022: One year and a day since Canadian pipeline company Enbridge became an […]

State panel says Line 5 tunnel application needs more info about fire, explosion risk

BY: - July 7, 2022

Rather than approving or rejecting an Enbridge application to replace the embattled Line 5 pipeline with a new, tunnel-enclosed pipeline under the Mackinac Straits, a three-member state regulatory panel on Thursday instead said it needs more important safety information from Enbridge before deciding. “After a review of the testimony, exhibits and briefing on record in […]

Enviros: DePerno is beholden to ‘dirty fossil fuels money’ for pledging to drop Line 5 suits

BY: - July 1, 2022

Updated, 3:03 p.m., 7/1/22 Just as Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel has long predicted, her GOP challenger in November — who likely is Kalamazoo attorney Matthew DePerno — would immediately drop all litigation against Canadian pipeline company Enbridge if he wins the November election. “Probably within the first day or two after I’m sworn in, […]

Indigenous Siberians, barred from fighting fossil fuels back home, join Line 5 fight

BY: - May 14, 2022

In the United States and Canada, Native citizens can point to long-held treaty rights as attempted recourse against encroaching fossil fuel projects. Such is the case with the Great Lakes tribes that oppose Canadian company Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in Michigan and Line 3 in Minnesota. However, there is no such recourse available for Indigenous […]

Indigenous citizens from U.S., Canada, Siberia converge for Line 5 ‘eviction’ anniversary

BY: - May 13, 2022

If Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had her way, Friday would have marked one year since the two 20-inch underwater pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac last saw a drop of Canadian crude oil. Instead, the flow of oil through the twin Line 5 pipelines has not ceased — although neither has the rising tide of international […]

Indigenous women leaders say Line 5 reroute project would be cultural, environmental ‘genocide’

BY: - May 10, 2022

Indigenous water protectors from Great Lakes tribes and their supporters are calling on a federal agency to fully review and reject a Line 5 project in northern Wisconsin, which they say would be “an act of cultural genocide” if permitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The embattled Line 5 pipeline originates at […]