Enbridge rejects Michigan's demand to shut down Line 5 pipeline

Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron |  Photo: WDIO-TV

JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer
Created: January 12, 2021 11:04 AM

Enbridge says it will not shut down an oil pipeline that runs through a channel linking two of the Great Lakes as Michigan leaders have demanded.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November moved to revoke a 1953 state easement that allowed Enbridge's Line 5 to be placed along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac. The Democratic governor said the company had violated the terms and put Lake Michigan and Lake Huron at risk.

In a letter Tuesday, officials with the Calgary, Alberta-based company said the issues that Whitmer raised have been fixed and the pipeline meets the easement requirements.

Line 5 runs between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario, traversing parts of northern Michigan and Wisconsin.

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