Line 5


Column: Shut down Line 5 — it’s too risky

BY: - July 5, 2020

Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline is too risky to keep operating and now the state of Wisconsin can permanently shut it down. (Part of Line 5 is currently, temporarily shut down thanks to the efforts of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel after the discovery of damage to the pipeline.) The 67-year old pipeline has already […]

Judge opens part of Line 5, orders investigation

BY: - July 1, 2020

One underwater segment of the controversial Line 5 pipeline will remain shut down Wednesday as another is allowed to restart, on orders from a circuit court judge that Canadian oil company Enbridge must conduct an investigation on that line and share its findings with the state. “Today’s Court decision allows the State to receive the […]

Line 5 still halted as judge deliberates

BY: - June 30, 2020

All 645 miles of Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline remain shut down Tuesday evening, after four and a half hours of oral arguments in Attorney General Dana Nessel’s lawsuit against the Canadian oil company did not end in a determination from Ingham County Circuit Court Judge James Jamo. Tuesday’s hearing hinged specifically on Nessel’s request […]

Enbridge: Boat anchor, wire cable may have caused Line 5 damage

BY: - June 29, 2020

Embattled Canadian oil company Enbridge has still not been able to determine how an anchor support holding up the east segment of the Line 5 pipeline was damaged, according to court documents submitted to the Ingham County Circuit Court Monday. Enbridge does, however, raise the possibility that a boat anchor caused the damage to the […]

Nessel got Line 5 shut down, for now. Enviros say Whitmer can shut it down for good.

BY: - June 27, 2020

At long last, environmentally minded Michiganders got their wish this week as Canadian oil company Enbridge was forced to halt operations on its controversial oil pipeline, Line 5. Attorney General Dana Nessel had called for, and was subsequently granted, the court-ordered shutdown on Thursday. That action, however, is only temporary. Long-term solutions rely on Gov. […]

Breaking: Judge grants AG’s request for temporary Line 5 shutdown

BY: - June 25, 2020

Updated, 1:40 p.m. and 5:39 p.m. with comments from Nessel, Whitmer and Enbridge A circuit court judge on Thursday granted Attorney General Dana Nessel’s request for a temporary restraining order on Canadian oil company Enbridge’s operation of the Line 5 pipeline, effectively forcing the company to shut down both legs of the dual pipeline within […]

Nessel calls for court-ordered emergency Line 5 shutdown

BY: - June 22, 2020

Updated with comment from Enbridge, 8:20 p.m., 6/22/20 Citing violations of Canadian oil company Enbridge’s longstanding agreement with Michigan, Attorney General Dana Nessel on Monday called for a judge to put an emergency halt to Enbridge’s operation of the controversial Line 5 pipeline. The motions for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction were filed […]

Gaps identified in Line 5 protective coating, Enbridge says pipeline remains safe

BY: - May 27, 2020

Canadian oil company Enbridge is once again defending the integrity of its controversial Line 5 pipeline, which lies beneath the environmentally sensitive Straits of Mackinac and is approaching 70 years old. Enbridge revealed Tuesday that during seasonal maintenance work on the pipeline this month, workers found four spots on Line 5’s east segment where the […]

AG argues in court to shut down Line 5, oil company accuses her of pushing political agenda

BY: - May 22, 2020

The most prominent Michigan lawsuit filed against controversial Canadian oil company Enbridge is moving along once again. Oral arguments were heard Friday morning in the case of People of Michigan v Enbridge, the lawsuit brought by Attorney General Dana Nessel last summer that challenges the legality of Enbridge’s continued operation of the Line 5 oil […]

Updated: Lawsuit over Line 5 permits dismissed

BY: - May 18, 2020

Updated, 2:07 p.m., 5:21 p.m., 5/18/20 A key lawsuit relating to Line 5, the controversial Canadian oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac, has been dismissed. The Straits of Mackinac Alliance, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and the city of Mackinac Island had filed the now-closed lawsuit against the Michigan Department of […]

New: Enbridge’s Line 5 tunnel application hits snag with state

BY: - May 5, 2020

An Enbridge Energy permit application to build a utility tunnel underneath the Straits of Mackinac has been halted — for now — because a state agency says it’s incomplete. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) is requiring informative documents on the proposed Line 5 tunnel project to be made easily accessible to […]

Enbridge says it doesn’t need state panel’s sign off on Line 5

BY: - April 23, 2020

Updated, 8:42 a.m., 4/23/20 with comments from the AG’s office With a unanimous vote Wednesday afternoon, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) resolved to move forward on clarifying a legal issue that could impact which regulatory body has the authority to move the controversial Line 5 tunnel project along. Electronic comments on Enbridge’s request may […]