Enbridge Removes Michigan’s Oil Pipeline Lawsuit to Federal Court

Michigan ordered the pipeline to shut down by May this year, which Enbridge ignored, and the two sides are embroiled in a legal battle over Line 5’s fate.

Nia Williams, Reuters

Enbridge Inc. on Dec. 15 removed to U.S. federal court a lawsuit filed by Michigan’s attorney general against its Line 5 oil pipeline, the latest in a long-running dispute between the Canadian company and the Midwestern state.

The lawsuit had originally been filed in state court in June 2019 by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Nessel’s office said Enbridge’s move was an “outrageous maneuver” and questioned its validity, saying that federal law states the process to remove a lawsuit must be initiated within 30 days of its being served.

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