Line 5

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 […]

Michigan Advance honored with 2020 Environmental Journalism Award

BY: - December 15, 2020

The Sierra Club Michigan Chapter is honoring the Michigan Advance with the 2020 Environmental Journalism Award. The Advance was selected for its “outstanding reporting” on the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline controversy and “regularly engaging readers with compelling and approachable stories about a controversial pipeline that at any point in time could rupture and create an […]

State panel orders Enbridge permit rehearing after Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order

BY: - December 9, 2020

The small Michigan regulatory panel charged with deciding whether to let Canadian oil company Enbridge build a tunnel-encased pipeline under the Mackinac Straits is shifting gears, announcing Wednesday that it has ordered a rehearing for Enbridge’s application now that the company’s 1953 easement has been revoked by the state. Enbridge had originally filed an application […]

As Enbridge fights for Line 5, Indigenous activists block Line 3 construction in Minnesota

BY: and - December 7, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month ordered Canadian oil company Enbridge’s easement with the state to be revoked, giving Enbridge until May to shut down its controversial Line 5 pipeline in the Mackinac Straits. Enbridge responded in full force with a lawsuit against the state. The outcome of that lawsuit, which will likely end up in […]

Once-ignored promises to tribes could change environmental landscape in Michigan, other states

BY: - December 3, 2020

Last month, Michigan officials announced plans to shut down a controversial Line 5 oil pipeline that runs below the Great Lakes at the Straits of Mackinac. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel, both Democrats, cited several reasons for the decision, including one that got the attention of tribal leaders in Michigan who have […]

Enbridge files federal challenge to Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order

BY: - November 24, 2020

Canadian oil company Enbridge has filed a federal complaint to prevent the state of Michigan from shutting down the Line 5 dual pipeline, according to a news release from the company Tuesday evening. The filing in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan seeks an injunction to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s actions earlier […]

New: Whitmer announces Line 5 shutdown after 15-month review

BY: - November 13, 2020

This is a breaking story that will be updated. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is taking action to shut down the Line 5 dual pipelines through the Straits of Mackinac following a more than yearlong review process.  The state found that Enbridge — a Canadian oil company that owns Line 5 and also is a partial owner […]

Judge: Agency will evaluate Line 5 tunnel plan, but not environmental impacts

BY: - October 26, 2020

Despite Canadian oil company Enbridge’s argument against it, a small Michigan regulatory panel will be one of three entities charged with granting or denying its plans for a $500 million tunnel-encased oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. But in a simultaneous win for Enbridge, Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) administrative law judge Dennis Mack […]

After Line 5 damage, legislation would make anchoring in Straits a felony

BY: - October 15, 2020

Updated, 7:21 p.m., 10/15/20 and 12:20 p.m., 10/16/20 with comment from Enbridge and Nessel’s office Large vessels passing through the environmentally sensitive Straits of Mackinac would be barred from anchoring or using any other equipment that could scrape the lakebed under bipartisan bills introduced in the state House Wednesday. The legislation comes as Canadian oil […]