Michigan Governor orders lawsuit to shutdown Great Lakes oil pipeline


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has again targeted the oil and gas industry by ordering a shutdown of an oil pipeline under the Great Lakes.

Canada’s Enbridge Inc. was notified Friday that its easement granted 67 years was revoked by the Democratic Governor. Enbridge had planned to extend a nearly 4-mile section of the line through the Straits of Mackinac but now it is faced with an order to stop the flow of oil in 180 days according to the Associated Press.

Gov. Whitmer, in a statement accused Enbridge of refusing to protect the Great Lakes.

“They have repeatedly violated the terms of the 1953 easement by ignoring structural problems that put our Great Lakes and our families at risk,” she claimed after Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a lawsuit to carry out her order.

Enbridge denied the governor’s accusations saying there was “no credible basis” for what she did.

“Line 5 remains safe, as envisioned by the 1953 Easement, and as recently validated by our federal safety regulator,” said Vern Yu, the company’s president for liquids pipelines reported the AP.

The section of pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac connects Lake Huron with Lake Michigan.


Source: Associated Press