Judge sides with Enbridge in Michigan’s latest effort to halt Line 5 pipeline | Globalnews.ca

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A judge in Michigan has ruled in favour of Enbridge Inc. in the company’s long-running dispute with the state over the Line 5 cross-border pipeline.

In her ruling, Judge Janet Neff says the case belongs in federal court — a blow to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s bid to shut down the pipeline.

It’s the second time in nine months that Neff has sided with Enbridge on the question of jurisdiction.

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Whitmer has been trying since November 2020 to shut down Line 5 for fear of a spill in the Straits of Mackinac, where the pipeline crosses the Great Lakes.

Proponents, including Canada’s federal government, call Line 5 a vital and indispensable source of energy for Ontario, Quebec and several Midwestern states.

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Environmental activists fear an anchor strike or technical failure could trigger a catastrophe in one of the area’s most important watersheds.

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The 69-year-old Line 5 pipeline, owned and operated by Calgary-based Enbridge, ferries upwards of 540,000 barrels per day of crude oil and natural gas liquids across the Canada-U.S. border and the Great Lakes by way of a 6.4-kilometre twin line that runs along the lake bed beneath the straits linking Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.


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