SOLWAY, MN (AP)--   Environmental and tribal groups opposed to Enbridge Energy’s ongoing effort to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline have gathered near the headwaters of the Mississippi River in northern Minnesota.

They shouted “Stop Line 3!” and said they blocked a pumping station.

The Canadian-based company is gearing up for a final construction push.

Whitmer wants feds to intervene in Line 5 case

May 14, 2021

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants the Biden Administration to intervene in a dispute over the closing of a pipeline that carries oil to a significant portion of Canada.

Canadian energy company Enbridge is defying a deadline set by the governor this week to shut down the pipeline. 

Michigan officials say Enbridge’s Line 5 under the narrow Straits of Mackinac is old and could cause a catastrophic leak. 

Enbridge counters that it won’t shut the line down unless a U.S. federal judge orders it, not a Michigan court. 

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.

Whitmer orders Line 5 shutdown

May 10, 2021

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   Canadian company Enbridge faces a deadline this week to shut down a crucial pipeline running under a Michigan waterway. 

Canadian officials say forcing the pipeline to close will threaten vital infrastructure and the trade relationship between the U.S. and Canada.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Months after President Joe Biden snubbed Canadian officials by canceling Keystone XL, a showdown over a second crude oil pipeline threatens to further strain ties between the two neighbors.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has set a May 12 deadline for Canadian energy company Enbridge to shut down its Line 5, which delivers oil from Alberta to refineries in the U.S. Midwest and eastern Canada. Whitmer agrees with environmentalists who consider the pipeline an environmental hazard, mostly because one 68-year-old section crosses the Straits of Mackinac.

INTERLOCHEN, MI (MPRN)--   The Governor’s notice to shut down Line 5 by May won’t affect how the state reviews plans to replace the pipelines.

That’s according to a ruling from a Michigan judge this week.

The decision comes as the Michigan Public Service Commission decides whether Canadian energy company Enbridge can dig a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac to house a new section of Line 5.

LANSING, MI--  The following is a press release from EGLE:

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced today that it has approved Enbridge Energy’s application for certain permits required to build a utility tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Enbridge says it will defy Michigan's demand to shut down an oil pipeline that runs through a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. 

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.

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (MPRN)--   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took public comment Monday regarding Enbridge Energy’s request for a permit to build a tunnel to house the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.

Residents and various state business and environmental groups weighed in on the project.

As part of the process, the Army Corps will determine whether an additional environmental impact review of the project is necessary.

Katie Otanez is with the Army Corps. She says they’re aware of Governor Whitmer’s order to shut down the Line 5 pipeline.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Enbridge has filed suit to try to stop Governor Gretchen Whitmer from revoking the company’s easement to operate an oil and natural gas liquids pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac.

Earlier this month, the governor and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources informed Enbridge that its easement allowing the current pipeline is being revoked. The easement dates back to 1953.

But Enbridge is now asking a federal court to intervene.