Enbridge Line 5 Oil Pipeline Case with Michigan to Be Heard in Federal Court

Last month the Canadian government, which intervened in the court case in support of Enbridge, invoked a 1977 pipeline treaty with the U.S. to trigger negotiations between Ottawa and Washington over the pipeline’s fate.

Nia Williams, Reuters

A legal battle between Canadian company Enbridge Inc. and the U.S. state of Michigan over Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline will be heard in federal court, a judge ruled on Nov. 16, dismissing Michigan’s motion to have the case sent back to state court.

Line 5 ships 540,000 bbl/d of crude and refined products from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario, via the Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes.

Michigan ordered the pipeline to shut down by May over concerns an underwater section could leak into the Great Lakes, an order that Enbridge has ignored.

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