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 […]

State panel doesn’t have to consider climate change in Line 5 tunnel permit decision, judge rules

BY: - February 23, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order for Canadian oil company Enbridge to shut down Line 5 by May will not have any bearing on at least one part of Enbridge’s permitting quest to build a replacement pipeline after all, much to the disappointment of many environmentalists. Administrative Law Judge Dennis Mack ruled Tuesday that although the Michigan […]

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Wednesday that it has ordered a rehearing for Enbridge’s application now that the company’s 1953 easement has been revoked by the state.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

‘There are alternatives to Line 5’: Public hearing on Enbridge tunnel project goes long

BY: - August 25, 2020

Several Great Lakes Basin residents told members of a Michigan regulatory commission their concerns about Line 5 — the controversial dual oil pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac — as part of the commission’s role in a multi-agency decision of whether or not to allow construction work on the pipeline’s proposed replacement. During […]

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 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 […]

State OKs revised DTE 15-year plan beefing up energy efficiency

BY: - April 17, 2020

Updated, 6:53 p.m., 4/17/20, with comment from DTE Two months after a state regulatory body rejected its first try, Detroit-based DTE Electric Co. saw its revised 15-year energy resource plan approved Wednesday afternoon. The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) had rejected DTE’s original plan in February, after many months of sustained criticism from environmental groups, […]

Enviros applaud state for rejecting DTE Energy’s 15-year plan

BY: - February 24, 2020

One of Michigan’s largest public utilities must go back to the drawing board and come up with a better plan to provide electricity to customers over the next 15 years, a state regulatory body decided last week. Detroit-based DTE Energy, which provides electricity in Michigan to 2.2 million customers and natural gas to 1.3 million, […]