Enbridge Briefly Shut Line 5 after Protesters Tampered with Pipeline

Line 5 is at the center of a long-running environmental dispute between Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge and the state of Michigan that has embroiled the Canadian and U.S. governments.

Nia Williams, Reuters

Enbridge Inc. shut down its Line 5 oil pipeline for several hours on Oct. 19 after protesters trespassed onto a facility in Michigan and tampered with the pipeline, an Enbridge spokesman said on Oct. 20.

Line 5 is at the center of a long-running environmental dispute between Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge and the state of Michigan that has embroiled the Canadian and U.S. governments.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered the company to stop operating the pipeline by May because of concerns a section running underwater in the Straits of Mackinac could leak into the Great Lakes. Enbridge ignored that order and the two sides are embroiled in a legal battle over Line 5’s fate.

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