Line 5

Canada: Line 5 lawsuit should pause until treaty talks with U.S. are complete

BY: - June 29, 2021

The Canadian government is asking again that the litigation between Michigan and Canadian oil company Enbridge pause as officials from both countries hold talks about the potential of a Line 5 shutdown. Michigan and Enbridge are currently awaiting a decision from a federal judge on which court — state or federal — will preside over […]

Army Corps to conduct enviro impact review for Line 5 tunnel, promises tribal input

BY: - June 24, 2021

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) said this week it will be conducting a full analysis on the potential environmental impacts of Canadian oil company Enbridge’s proposed Line 5 pipeline tunnel before deciding whether to issue permits for its construction. Jaime A. Pinkham, acting assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works, announced the […]

How Biden could impact the Line 5 shutdown fight

BY: - May 19, 2021

With Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel at the helm, the state of Michigan’s position on the embattled Line 5 oil pipeline is crystal clear as the Democratic leaders fight to shut down the Canadian pipeline in state and federal court. What remains a mystery, however, is the federal government’s position on the […]

Tribes, activists from across U.S. gather up north in solidarity of Line 5 fight

BY: - May 13, 2021

The Indigenous-led celebrations of Enbridge’s “eviction” from the Straits of Mackinac continued Thursday, even as the Canadian oil company dug its heels in and continued pumping oil through its controversial Line 5 pipeline. As of midnight Wednesday, the oil company is considered by the state to be an international trespasser in the Straits. Tribal citizens […]

Indigenous activists celebrate treaty rights on Line 5 shutdown deadline

BY: - May 12, 2021

With Enbridge pumping stations as backdrops in St. Ignace and Mackinaw City, Indigenous Michigan water protectors led a series of celebrations, prayer ceremonies and gatherings Wednesday as the northern Michigan tribes commemorated “eviction day” for the Canadian oil company’s Line 5 pipeline. The day’s events pulled in anti-pipeline activists from across the country, blending together […]

Whitmer to Enbridge: Defy shutdown order at your own financial risk

BY: - May 11, 2021

Updated, 8:21 p.m., 5/11/21, with comment from Enbridge Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wrote in a letter Tuesday to Enbridge stating that if it ignores her order to shut down the dual Line 5 pipeline by the Wednesday deadline, the Canadian oil company’s presence in the Straits of Mackinac will be considered an “international trespass.” In a […]

Michigan tribes plan peaceful gatherings for Enbridge ‘eviction day,’ LaDuke to speak

BY: - May 10, 2021

Tribal citizens and environmental groups in Michigan are preparing for “Enbridge eviction” celebrations this week in honor of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Wednesday deadline for the Canadian oil company to shut down its controversial Line 5 pipeline. At the same time, Enbridge allies are gearing up for the deadline by arguing the 68-year-old pipeline has a […]

Enbridge rebuts Nessel and Whitmer, argues for Line 5 shutdown case to be heard in federal court

BY: - April 30, 2021

As the state’s May 12 deadline for Canadian oil company Enbridge to shut down its Line 5 pipeline looms, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s lawsuit to enforce the shutdown still remains in flux while a federal judge decides which court will preside over the case. On Tuesday, Enbridge filed nearly 50 pages of legal arguments in response […]

16 states, 4 tribes back Whitmer’s lawsuit over Line 5 shutdown

BY: - April 23, 2021

As the state of Michigan continues to battle Canadian oil company Enbridge in court over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s impending shutdown order for the company’s Line 5 oil pipeline, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Friday that 28 entities have so far thrown in their support for the state’s motion to remand the case back to the […]

Enviros win appeal for state agency to consider Line 5 tunnel climate change impacts

BY: - April 21, 2021

The three-member Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), one of three state agencies with the power to grant Canadian oil company Enbridge the permits needed for the company’s proposed tunnel-encased oil pipeline under the Mackinac Straits, said Wednesday the agency will consider the tunnel’s climate change impacts in hearings. Although the MPSC’s ruling also denied a […]

Tribal citizens condemn Enbridge for ‘manipulative’ video about Indigenous peacemaking

BY: and - April 9, 2021

A video recently released by Canadian oil company Enbridge has elicited both criticism and condemnation from Indigenous leaders in Michigan. Tribal leaders and activists from across the state contend the video, produced by a consultant and posted to the company’s website, appropriates Anishinaabek practices to gain support for the company’s controversial pipeline operations in the […]

Nessel, Whitmer file argument to keep Line 5 shutdown suit in state court

BY: - April 6, 2021

With just 36 days left until Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order for Canadian oil company Enbridge to shut down its controversial Line 5 pipeline goes into effect, the question of which court will preside over the state’s lawsuit to enforce the order is seeing some movement.  Filed on March 16, the state’s 30-page motion to remand […]