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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel wants a court to shut down an oil and natural gas liquids pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. Nessel says the line is a potential hazard to the Great Lakes.

There had been talks between Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Enbridge about a plan designed by the previous administration. That plan would build a new section of Line 5 and put it in a multi-use tunnel under the bedrock of the Straits.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Enbridge says it's moving ahead with collecting rock and soil samples in the Straits of Mackinac while preparing for a court battle with Michigan's governor over a planned oil pipeline tunnel there. 

The Canadian company received a permit in January to do preliminary sampling in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. That was before Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered state agencies to stop implementing an agreement between Enbridge and former Governor Rick Snyder to build the tunnel.

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge says it's moving ahead with collecting rock and soil samples in the Straits of Mackinac while preparing for a court battle with Michigan's governor over a planned oil pipeline tunnel there.
The Canadian company received a permit in January to do preliminary sampling in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. That was before Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered state agencies to stop implementing an agreement between Enbridge and former Gov. Rick Snyder to build the tunnel.

Whitmer to meet with Enbridge

Jun 4, 2019

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has plans to meet with Enbridge Energy officials this week to try to reach an understanding on the future of Line 5—the oil and gas line that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac. 

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says she’s ready to go to court to force Enbridge to shut down a pipeline that moves oil and gas on a route that runs through the Great Lakes. That’s if the energy company and the state don’t reach a deal by the end of June.

Enbidge’s Line 5 runs through the Straits of Mackinac. The waterway connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron and runs beneath the Mackinac Bridge.  The bridge is a landmark visible from Mackinac Island, and that’s where the attorney general made her plans known at a business conference.

Enbridge releases Line 5 images

May 15, 2019

INTERLOCHEN, MI (MPRN)--   Newly released video and photos show damage to the Line 5 oil pipelines in the straits of Mackinac.

The damage was from an anchor strike last year.

The photos and videos show gashes and scrapes along both pipelines. Enbridge says they found three dents from the anchor strike—the longest more than 23 inches.

Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy wouldn’t talk on tape but said the damage has “all been repaired at this point."

They say the anchor strike is being investigated by the U.S. Coast Guard and is considered to be “confidential.”

Still no report on Straits anchor strike

May 3, 2019

INTERLOCHEN, MI (MPRN)--   Last August Enbridge Energy said it would release information to the public on an anchor strike to the Line 5 oil pipelines. 

But now, over eight months later, Enbridge hasn’t released it.

The Line 5 oil pipelines were struck by an anchor last April. At a hearing in Traverse City last August Enbridge’s Vice President committed to releasing all information the company had on it.

That has not yet happened.

The company said in a statement that it’s waiting for the U.S. Coast Guard to finish its investigation on the strike.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The plan to place the Line 5 pipeline in an underground tunnel beneath the straits of Mackinac is currently in limbo. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has told state agencies to halt work on the tunnel project following a ruling from the Attorney General that the statute behind the project is unconstitutional.

The move met resistance from Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey. He says a suit against the decision could be brought by the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority, which was set to oversee the tunnel.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   A federal judge has ordered a government agency to take a closer look at pipeline company Enbridge's plans for dealing with a potential oil spill in the waterway connecting Lakes Huron and Michigan. 

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration previously approved the Canadian company's spill response plans for areas traversed by Line 5, which carries oil from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario. A portion runs along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac between Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's attorney general has deemed unconstitutional a 2018 law that established a panel to oversee construction and operation of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan.

Democrat Dana Nessel says in an opinion released Thursday the title of the bill approved by lawmakers did not accurately describe its contents as required by the Michigan Constitution.

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