Whitmer threatens profit seizure if pipeline keeps operating

May 12, 2021

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is threatening to go after Enbridge's profits from the Line 5 oil pipeline if it isn't shut down. 

The Democratic governor issued the warning Tuesday in a letter to Enbridge, a Canadian oil transport company.

Whitmer ordered the company last November to close the line by May 12. She agrees with environmentalists and Native tribes that a section of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac is vulnerable to a spill.

Enbridge says the pipeline is safe and won't be shut down unless a federal court or agency requires it. Supporters of the pipeline say losing it would cause economic damage and job losses.