Federal pipeline standards backed by top energy regulator after Colonial Pipeline hack

BY: - January 20, 2022

New federal powers are needed to prevent major energy disruptions like the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline that left the East Coast short of gas at the pumps for days, the chairman of the federal commission overseeing energy and some U.S. House Democrats said Wednesday. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee discussed a proposal by […]

Tribal citizens condemn Enbridge for ‘manipulative’ video about Indigenous peacemaking

BY: and - April 9, 2021

A video recently released by Canadian oil company Enbridge has elicited both criticism and condemnation from Indigenous leaders in Michigan. Tribal leaders and activists from across the state contend the video, produced by a consultant and posted to the company’s website, appropriates Anishinaabek practices to gain support for the company’s controversial pipeline operations in the […]

Biden taps Native American law expert as top lawyer at Interior

BY: - April 8, 2021

President Joe Biden nominated Native American law expert Robert Anderson, an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, to be solicitor of the Interior Department Wednesday. The move underscored how the administration is putting a priority on placing Native Americans in charge of the agenda at Interior. Last month, Interior […]

State and local police: No financial relationship with Enbridge for Line 5-related security

BY: - March 30, 2021

Environmentalists have been waging high-profile protests against Canadian oil company Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement in Minnesota for months. The national climate change newsletter, heated, reported this month that Minnesota sheriffs’ offices have entered into financial arrangements that environmental and Indiginous activists say incentivize law enforcement to crack down on those opposing Enbridge’s Line 3. […]

Out of spotlight, two-member panel spent $475K on consulting contracts last year for Line 5 project

BY: - February 6, 2021

A two-member panel with full, independent authority to oversee the intensive project to replace Enbridge’s controversial Line 5 pipeline and keep oil flowing under the Straits of Mackinac has been quiet and out of the news for the past year, as Line 5-related court cases heat up and focus has largely been on the regulatory […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]