Line 5

Enbridge retrieves ½ of mechanical debris on Line 5 pipeline — but plans to leave the remainder in lakebed

BY: - January 7, 2020

Updated, 2:19 p.m. 1/15/20 with EGLE’s statement Last month, Canadian oil pipeline company Enbridge released a statement announcing its successful retrieval of a 45-foot steel borehole rod segment that had been lost to the Straits of Mackinac in September. Left unsaid was the detail that the recovered segment was only about half of the original […]

From Line 5 to PFAS: The best of the Advance’s environmental reporting

BY: - December 23, 2019

Quotable of the Year: “If you’re a state like Michigan or Minnesota, and you’re looking at two of the greatest lakes in the world, being faced with the possibility of an Enbridge oil spill [from] some 50- or 60-year -old pipelines, you’d be pretty worried. And you should be.” — Winona LaDuke, executive director of […]

Enviros want Enbridge permits pulled after delayed report of equipment collapse in Straits of Mackinac

BY: - December 5, 2019

Oil pipeline company Enbridge is once again in hot water with environmental groups over transparency concerns. Since June, the Canadian company has been collecting geological samples in the Straits of Mackinac as part of its preparation to build a tunnel around the aging Line 5. When that sampling work was completed in mid-November, Enbridge reported […]

A tale of two oil pipelines and their place in the presidential race

BY: - December 1, 2019

The political debate over how to regulate the fossil fuel industry in the United States is more important — and ideologically divisive — than ever before, as the 2020 election is fully underway.  One of the core arguments is over the need for and the ethics of energy pipelines. With 2.4 million miles of pipeline, […]

‘Oil destroys life’: Winona LaDuke on why she fights Midwest pipeline projects

BY: - December 1, 2019

Winona LaDuke is internationally known as a vocal indigenous activist in northern Minnesota, where Canadian oil giant Enbridge Energy has been attempting for years to construct a new Line 3 pipeline through tribal lands and sacred wild rice lakes. She is also an economist, writer, author of seven books and co-author of many more. LaDuke […]

3 AGs back Nessel in Line 5 suit

BY: - November 13, 2019

Three state attorneys general are backing Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s arguments to decommission the Line 5 oil pipeline. A judge ruled in October in favor of Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns the pipeline and is seeking to build a tunnel around it. Nessel has appealed the decision. https://www.michiganadvance.com/blog/nessel-appeals-enbridge-decision/ The attorneys general of Wisconsin […]

Enviros, tribes call on Whitmer to shut down Line 5 before extreme weather hits, fearing oil spill

BY: - November 6, 2019

A coalition of more than a dozen Michigan organizations have sent a formal request to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, urging her to take immediate action to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline ahead of potentially hazardous winter weather.  The Oct. 25 letter, which was made public Wednesday, calls attention to the “serious threat” a Line 5 […]

Nessel appeals Enbridge decision

BY: - November 5, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has formally filed an appeal regarding a lower court’s ruling last on the proposed Line 5 tunnel through the Straits of Mackinac.  State Court of Claims Judge Michael Kelly last week said that Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns the pipeline, could commence with building a tunnel, as a Republican-backed law […]

Enbridge denies state’s report that it could evade oil spill cleanup costs

BY: - November 5, 2019

Canadian oil giant Enbridge has promised to fund almost $2 billion in cleanup costs in the event of a Line 5 pipeline rupture in the Great Lakes. According to a new state-commissioned report, however, that promise may not be legally enforceable. “In the event of a catastrophic oil spill, the people of the state of […]

Judge rules for Enbridge over state in Line 5 tunnel suit

BY: - October 31, 2019

Enbridge Energy, the Canadian oil company at odds with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over its Line 5 oil pipeline and a proposed underwater tunnel to house the aging pipes, has won a Court of Claims lawsuit against the state. The decision from Judge Michael Kelly was announced Thursday afternoon. In the ruling, Kelly states that the […]

Report: County officials line up to support Line 5

BY: - September 12, 2019

Enbridge’s controversial Line 5 oil pipeline is gaining support with the Michigan Association of Counties and county commissioners, according to a new report by the nonprofit Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN). The Canadian oil company sponsored a conference for the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC), according to an investigative report from MCFN, a Lansing-based organization […]

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Report: Michigan lobbyist spending up 6% in 2019 to $23M

BY: - September 5, 2019

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association tops the list of interest groups and Governmental Consultant Services Inc. (GCSI) leads multi-client lobbying firms in spending this year, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN). Total reported lobbyist spending was $23.2 million during the most recent Secretary of State reporting period […]