Line 5

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Wednesday that it has ordered a rehearing for Enbridge’s application now that the company’s 1953 easement has been revoked by the state.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 […]

Tribal-led Line 5 investigation unearths ancient cultural artifacts

BY: - October 14, 2020

A group of Michiganders concerned about the Line 5 oil pipeline’s impact on the Straits of Mackinac, led primarily by women of Michigan’s tribal communities, says it may have stumbled upon a significant Ice Age-era cultural site just a short distance from the dual underwater pipelines. “The ROV [remote operated vehicle] and sonar findings seem […]

Some residents slam Line 5 permit allowing 5M gallons of wastewater into Great Lakes daily

BY: - September 30, 2020

State officials at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) heard its first of two public hearings Tuesday afternoon on a permit request for Enbridge allowing the Canadian oil company to discharge a significant amount of wastewater into Lake Michigan as part of its Line 5 tunnel project. The meeting ran for […]

Geologists condemn Line 5 tunnel plan: ‘Permitting the project at this time would be a mistake’

BY: - September 28, 2020

Updated with Enbridge response, 4:00 p.m., 9/28/20 Longtime geologic experts warned Monday that Canadian oil company Enbridge’s plan to encase a new Line 5 oil pipeline in a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac is dangerously deficient, and moving forward on its construction could result in a tunnel collapse, methane explosion or even loss of […]

No, Nessel’s Line 5 lawsuit isn’t over

BY: - September 25, 2020

All parties involved in Nessel vs Enbridge et al, the ongoing suit brought against Canadian oil company Enbridge by Attorney General Dana Nessel last year, agreed Thursday to resolve two pending motions related to damage discovered along the controversial Line 5 pipeline earlier this summer. Although the pending motions for a temporary restraining order and […]