Pipelines across the U.S. have been mired in legal challenges as environmental opposition mounts. Enbridge has since filed a federal lawsuit to fight back against the revocation and shutdown order. The Great Lakes News Collaborative includes Bridge Michigan; Circle of Blue; Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television; and Michigan Radio, Michigan’s NPR News Leader; who work together to bring audiences news and information about the impact of climate change, pollution, and aging infrastructure on the Great Lakes and drinking water. With Tuesday’s filing, Enbridge also filed paperwork seeking to remove the state’s Ingham County lawsuit to federal court. Enbridge said in a statement that Line 5 is in compliance with the easement and “there is no credible basis” for pulling the easement. Why It’s Important: The Line 5 pipeline owned by Enbridge Inc (NYSE: ENB) carries 23 million gallons of oil and natural gas daily between Superior, Wisconsin and Sarnia, Ontario. Gretchen Whitmer, seeking a court order to prevent the shutdown of its Line 5 oil pipeline. Please support high-quality journalism. “Transporting millions of gallons of petroleum products each day through two 67-year old pipelines that lie exposed in the Straits below uniquely vulnerable and busy shipping lanes presents an extraordinary, unreasonable threat to public rights because of the very real risk of further anchor strikes and other external impacts to the Pipelines, the inherent risks of pipeline operations, and the foreseeable, catastrophic effects if an oil spill occurs at the Straits,” the notice said. (Michigan Department of … Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. This article, first published in Bridge Michigan, is republished here through Great Lakes Now’s membership in the Institute for Nonprofit News, a network of more than 200 nonprofit newsrooms across the U.S., working to strengthen the sources of trusted news for thousands of diverse communities. Enbridge Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Michigan Gov. ... Line 5 Shutdown … Gretchen Whitmer is revoking an easement that allows Enbridge to operate in the Straits of Mackinac over fears that the pipeline’s continued operation poses an unacceptable risk of environmental catastrophe in the waterway. “Enbridge’s Line 5 is a grave and unreasonable risk to the state’s residents and natural resources and requires the pipeline to be shut down 180 days from now, on May 12, 2021,” the state said in a release Friday. Mike Bradley, the mayor of Sarnia, Ontario, which is Line 5’s southeastern terminus, disagrees, and sides with Enbridge’s position in the newly filed lawsuit. Featured image: In this Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Enbridge says shutting down Line 5 will disrupt propane supply to the Upper Peninsula, where the fuel is relied upon for residential heating. As a result, Whitmer notified Enbridge that the state is revoking and terminating the easement. Last week, a Michigan judge ordered the temporary shutdown of Enbridge ’s Line 5 oil pipeline that runs from Superior, Wisconsin to refineries in Sarnia, Ontario. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer’s office took legal action Friday to force the shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline by revoking the easement that allows an underwater section to run through the Straits of Mackinac. Line 5 is safe, and there’s a plan to make it even safer by burying it deep below the lakebed.”. LANSING, MI -- Michigan Gov. Enbridge’s twin pipelines, in service since 1953, have been deemed in sound condition by all relevant regulatory authorities and could continue operating indefinitely. Gretchen Whitmer's administration over its plans to close the controversial Line 5 … Ask the Great Lakes Now Team Your PFAS Question, Beneath the Surface: The Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes. The move does not immediately impact ongoing work by Enbridge to replace part of the line and house that section in a multi-use tunnel buried under the bedrock of the straits, which is the subject of other ongoing litigation. Enbridge Energy is suing the State of Michigan in federal court in hopes of thwarting Michigan Gov. “We’re grateful today for the important steps being taken in court to protect Michigan’s energy supply, and the access to affordable energy Michigan businesses and their employees count on,” said Mike Alaimo, Director of Environmental and Energy Policy at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. “The company that spilled nearly one million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River and made Michigan the home of the largest on-land oil spill in American history has again demonstrated it cares only about its bottom line.”. It would put at risk and possibly cause the shutdown of refineries served by Line 5 in Ohio and elsewhere, resulting in the loss of over $5.4 billion in annual economic output and tens of thousands of jobs. “Enbridge’s Line 5 is a grave and unreasonable risk to the state’s residents and natural resources and requires the pipeline to be shut down 180 days from now, on May 12, 2021,” the state said in a release Friday. Michigan governor files lawsuit to shut down Enbridge line 5 pipeline under Great Lakes. Following a state review that found the Line 5 petroleum pipeline is putting the Great Lakes at risk, Michigan has ordered Canadian petroleum company Enbridge Energy to shut down the pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac by May. “The National Wildlife Federation stands with Gov. Gov. The line transports 22.68 million gallons per day of crude oils and natural gas liquids to later become propane. On Friday, Nov. 13, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced to Enbridge energy delivery company that they have until May 2021 to shut down Line 5, a major oil pipeline running through the state of Michigan and into Canada that has been of concern to many due to its running under the environmentally sensitive Straits of Mackinac. Mike Shriberg, Great Lakes regional executive director for the National Wildlife Federation, called it a “last-ditch effort.”, “The courts should reject this irresponsible effort to strip Gov. Wisconsin receives no benefit from the pipeline but is subject to a lot of risk. Enbridge has violated this easement multiple times. The new lawsuit is in addition to Nessel’s lawsuit filed in 2019 seeking the shutdown of Line 5, which remains pending in the same court. It carries crude oil and natural gas liquids from Wisconsin to Ontario, across both Michigan peninsulas. Whitmer’s office has not responded to questions from Bridge Michigan about its plan for replacing Line 5 as a transport source for the Upper Peninsula propane industry. Whitmer said Enbridge violated the public trust doctrine - an area of law that makes the state the “trustee” of Great Lakes public bottomlands. “It is concerning to see the current Administration is willing to compromise these needs.”. Along the way, Enbridge and its supporters are likely to raise concerns that a Line 5 shutdown would have widespread economic ramifications in Michigan as well as out-of-state and abroad. Enbridge Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Michigan Gov. Enbridge has frequently countered calls to shut down the pipeline with dire predictions that a shutdown would strand Upper Peninsula residents who heat their homes with propane from Line 5 and imperil regional refineries that use oil from the pipeline. Required fields are marked *. Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, which links Superior, Wisconsin, with Sarnia, Ontario, was issued a form of a Notice of Revocation and Termination by the state of Michigan on Nov. 13. In the spring of 2018, a freighter dragged an anchor across the line and caused some damage. Gretchen Whitmer issued a shutdown order for a controversial pipeline in the Great Lakes last Friday. Gretchen Whitmer “Enbridge’s Line 5 is a grave and unreasonable risk to the state’s residents and natural resources and requires the pipeline to be shut down … TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge filed a legal challenge Tuesday to Michigan Gov. It’s not clear how fast the state could make the necessary adjustment to help the U.P. Gretchen Whitmer's decision to shut down the Line 5 dual pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. Its members routinely meet to assess the energy needs of the UP and look for alternative energy supplies and methods of distribution. The State of Michigan revoked the 1953 easement … “Once we do, we will discuss it with our clients and determine the appropriate next steps,” Nessel spokesman Ryan Jarvi said. “This is a brave and just decision for the Great Lakes,” said Mike Shriberg, regional executive director, Great Lakes, for the National Wildlife Federation. (Michigan Department of … Line 5 is a key conduit of crude for Canadian refineries in Ontario and Quebec. He told the Canadian Broadcasting Company in a radio interview that a shutdown would cost 5,000 jobs in Ontario. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. ‘Battle is not over.’ Fight to stop oil line has waged for years, Line 5 tunnel law upheld by Michigan Court of Appeals, Line 5 opponents urge shut down ahead of tunnel hearing, State calls for Enbridge to prove it can cover spill costs, Line 5 supporters and opponents come out in force. Canadian oil transportation giant Enbridge has fired back at Gov. Subscribe to MLive.com. Line 5 is part of a system that pumps oil from western Canada throughout the continent, including to refineries in Michigan, Ohio and Ontario. Enbridge has frequently countered calls to shut down the pipeline with dire predictions that a shutdown would strand Upper Peninsula residents who heat their homes with propane from Line 5 and imperil regional refineries that use oil from the pipeline. Gretchen Whitmer is revoking an easement that allows Enbridge to operate in the Straits of Mackinac over fears that the pipeline’s continued operation poses an unacceptable risk of environmental catastrophe in the waterway. As a result, Enbridge argues, Michigan has no authority to shut down Line 5 over alleged safety concerns. Line 5 is operated by the Canadian energy company Enbridge, and crosses beneath the Straits of Mackinac where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet. “Enbridge has routinely refused to take action to protect our Great Lakes and the millions of Americans who depend on them for clean drinking water and good jobs.”. dragged an anchor across the line and caused some damage. Gretchen Whitmer, seeking a court order to prevent the shutdown of its Line 5 oil pipeline. Gretchen Whitmer, seeking a court order to prevent the shutdown of its Line 5 oil pipeline. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been reviewing the giant oil company’s easement compliance since last summer. In a statement, Nessel said Whitmer and DNR Director Dan Eichinger, “are making another clear statement that Line 5 poses a great risk to our state, and it must be removed from our public waterways.”. However, Enbridge disclosed this past June that the pipelines had been struck again in 2019 by anchors or cables. Whitmer, a Democrat who has opposed Line 5 since becoming Michigan's governor in 2019, said she is revoking Enbridge's 1953 easement for Line 5, setting in motion the potential for a pipeline shutdown in as soon as six months, as well as a likely and lengthy court battle. Whitmer and the State of Michigan of their authority to protect our Great Lakes,” Shriberg said in a statement. A report by Lansing-based Public Sector Consultants found Michigan can find other ways to meet the Upper Peninsula’s energy needs without Line 5, but it would come with a modest cost increase. Enbridge has warned that a Line 5 shutdown would threaten Michigan’s energy security, particularly for Upper Peninsula residents who rely upon propane from Line 5 to heat their homes. All rights reserved (About Us). Whitmer ordered the shutdown after a state Department of Natural Resources review concluded Enbridge has violated the terms of the state easement that grants the company permission to operate Line 5 in the lakebottom of the Straits. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan has told Enbridge Inc. she is ordering the company to shut down its Line 5 crude oil pipeline under the Straits of … Governor Gretchen Whitmer terminates public easement for Enbridge's Line 5, which holds two 67-year-old oil pipelines rife with potential for disaster. Line 5 is part of Enbridge's Lakehead network, which carries oil from western Canada to refineries in the U.S. and Ontario. “Line 5 remains safe, as envisioned by the 1953 Easement, and as recently validated by our federal safety regulator.”, Enbridge accused the state of not being transparent and not engaging with Enbridge in its assessment of the company’s compliance with the easement. An Ingham County judge on Thursday ordered Enbridge to shut down its Line 5 pipelines at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac pending the outcome of a hearing to be held next Tuesday. Enbridge is allowed 180 days (by May 2021) to arrange an orderly shutdown and the state to ensure a transition for the tiny amount of propane this pipeline does supply to Michigan (1/2 of 1% of the volume carried by Line 5). Gretchen Whitmer's recent demand that the company shut down its oil pipeline that crosses the waterway connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.The Canadian company accused the state of overstepping its bounds, arguing that Enbridge's Line 5 was under the sole regulatory jurisdiction of the Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). A portion of the 645-mile pipeline runs through the Straits of Mackinac. The Michigan Climate Action Network is being proactive in the fight to shut down the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline. “The devastating consequences of shutting down Line 5 cannot be overstated. In a statement Tuesday, Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown said Enbridge’s lawsuit “brazenly defies the people of Michigan and their right to protect the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill.”, “In short, Enbridge claims it can continue to pump oil through the Straits of Mackinac indefinitely, posing enormous risk to our economy and way of life – and that the people of Michigan have no say in the matter,” Brown said. (Bridge Michigan file photo courtesy of Enbridge), Your email address will not be published. Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel and the rule of law and we urge the courts to put clean water and the protection of our Great Lakes and our recreational tourism economy over Big Oil company profits.”, Legal Translation: Environmental attorney explains the latest on Enbridge Line 5 news, Q&A: What Michigan’s move to shut down Enbridge Line 5 means, Governor Whitmer takes legal action to force shut down of Enbridge’s Line 5, Michigan Governor seeks shutdown of Great Lakes oil pipeline. Gov. Enbridge also contends that a shutdown would create a propane shortage in the Upper Peninsula, raise energy prices and cause fuel shortages at refineries across the region, although the company’s opponents have long argued Enbridge is overstating the potential economic impacts of a shutdown. Gretchen Whitmer is ordering the controversial Enbridge Line 5 pipeline be shut down, citing multiple violations by … Enbridge Energy is suing the State of Michigan in federal court in hopes of thwarting Michigan Gov. No oil was spilled. “Most importantly, Enbridge has imposed on the people of Michigan an unacceptable risk of a catastrophic oil spill in the Great Lakes that could devastate our economy and way of life," she said. (Bridge Michigan file photo courtesy of Enbridge). “This notice and the report from Michigan Department of Natural Resources are a distraction from the fundamental facts,” said Vern Yu, Executive Vice President and President, Liquids Pipelines. Enbridge countersues Michigan in federal court, calls proposed Line 5 shutdown 'illegal' Detroit Free Press | 21d Canadian oil transportation giant Enbridge has fired back at Gov. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. Whitmer signed an executive order in 2019 creating the Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force. Enbridge ordered to shut down Line 5 pipelines under Mackinac temporarily LANSING (WJRT) (6/25/2020) - A judge ordered Enbridge to shut down its controversial Line 5 … The Ingham County Circuit Court website still showed Nessel’s case on the docket, assigned to Judge James Jamo. Lansing — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is moving to shut down Line 5 by revoking and ending a 1953 easement that allows Enbridge Energy to run the dual pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge has frequently countered calls to shut down the pipeline with dire predictions that a shutdown would strand Upper Peninsula residents who heat their homes with propane from Line 5 and imperil regional refineries that use oil from the pipeline. Michigan Gov. In this 2017, file photo, fresh nuts, bolts and fittings are ready to be added to the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline in Michigan. 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