Judge Keeps Michigan Oil Pipeline Case In Federal Court
A federal judge retained jurisdiction Tuesday in a dispute over a Canadian oil pipeline that runs through a section of the Great Lakes, rejecting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's contention that the case belongs in state court.detroit.cbslocal.com
Minnesota Supreme Court delivers blow to Line 3 opponents
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal by opponents of Enbridge Energy's Line 3 oil pipeline, letting stand a key decision by independent regulators to allow construction on the project to proceed. Without comment, the state's highest court declined to take the case, issuing a one-page order that effectively affirmed a decision in June by the Minnesota Court of Appeals. And it left the Native American and environmental groups that have been protesting at construction sites across northern Minnesota with a dwindling number of legal options. The Court of Appeals declared that the state's Public Utilities Commission correctly granted Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge a certificate of need and route permit for the 337-mile (542-kilometer) Minnesota segment of what's a larger project to replace an aging crude oil pipeline built in the 1960s that can run at only half capacity.news.yahoo.com
Army Corps Plans Extensive Review Of Great Lakes Tunnel Plan
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday it would conduct an extensive review of Enbridge Energy's plan to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a Great Lakes channel in Michigan, which could significantly delay the project.detroit.cbslocal.com
Michigan’s indigenous tribes ramp up efforts to shut down oil pipeline through sacred waters
Indigenous tribes are asserting their rights under a treaty that predates Michigan’s statehood while pursuing strategies to stop the construction of a new oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. Tribes concerned about the destructive potential of an oil spill in the Great Lakes have long been opposed to Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline, which was built in 1953 without their input. Gretchen Whitmer acknowledged tribal treaty rights when she yanked an easement that allows Enbridge to transport, on average, 22.6 million gallons of crude oil per day through the Great Lakes region. But Whitmer’s May 12 deadline to shut down Line 5 came and went, and Enbridge is still operating the pipeline. The tribe is also joined in legal efforts to shut down Line 5.mlive.com
Fight over Canadian oil rages on after pipeline's demise
The Keystone XL is dead after a 12-year attempt to build the oil pipeline, yet the fight over Canadian crude rages on as emboldened environmentalists target other projects and pressure President Joe Biden to intervene — all while oil imports from the north keep rising. Biden dealt the fatal blow to the partially built $9 billion Keystone XL in January when he revoked its border-crossing permit issued by former President Donald Trump. On Wednesday, sponsors TC Energy and the province of Alberta gave up and declared the line “terminated."news.yahoo.com
Police say nearly 250 arrested in Minnesota pipeline protest
Nearly 250 people were arrested when protesters attempting to stop the final leg of the reconstruction of an oil pipeline across northwestern Minnesota took over a pump station, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes said that 43 workers at the Enbridge Energy Line 3 pump station were trapped inside the site for some time Monday morning when demonstrators locked them in behind the front gate. Protesters also put up barricades and dug trenches across roads, “presumably in preparation" for a standoff with law enforcement, Aukes said.news.yahoo.com
Protesters maintain blockade at Minnesota oil pipeline site
Protesters fighting a Canadian-based company’s push to replace an aging oil pipeline across northern Minnesota maintained a blockade at a pump station Tuesday as part of a summer drive to stop the project before it can go into service. Two protesters spent the night locked down in a boat blocking the entrance to one construction site, while two others locked themselves down underneath, tucked in behind duffel bags, beach chairs, water bottles and clothing. A Hubbard County sheriff's deputy and a handful of private security guards stood by in the morning, but other law enforcement officers arrived as authorities went to work cutting the protesters free.news.yahoo.com
Pipeline foes gear up for large northern Minnesota protests
Environmental and tribal groups opposed to Enbridge Energy’s ongoing effort to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline are planning large protests in northern Minnesota as the Canadian-based company gears up for a final construction push.
Enbridge plans to defy Michigan's order to shut down controversial pipeline
click to enlarge National Wildlife FederationIn 2013, the National Wildlife Federation sent divers to look at Enbridge, Inc.'s aging straits pipelines, finding wide spans of unsupported structures encrusted with exotic zebra mussels and quagga mussels. Enbridge Energy said it won’t comply with Michigan’s order to shut down a controversial pipeline in a channel connecting two of the Great Lakes.Gov. “The continued presence of the dual pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac violates the public trust and poses a grave threat to Michigan’s environment and economy. At the time, it was the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history.The Great Lakes are home to 21% of the world's fresh surface water, and supply drinking water to 48 million people, including 5 million Michigan residents. The Great Lakes also provide 1.3 million jobs that generate $82 billion in annual wages across the U.S., including more than 350,000 jobs in Michigan, according to Whitmer's office.metrotimes.com
After years of tough talk, 2020 was the year Michigan moved against Line 5
2020 was filled with news of the pipelines - from moves to build a new section of the line, to damage to the existing line, to an ongoing series of court cases. 12 Protesting Line 5 through the years2020 kicked off with what sounds like a small request - historical records on Line 5. On June 25, after the damage to the line was revealed, an Ingham County Circuit Court judge ordered the line shut down. While Nessel preemptively asked a state court to uphold the governor’s order, Enbridge has asked a federal court to uphold the easement. Snyder appointed a Pipeline Safety Advisory Board, a 15-member panel, to implement recommendations on Michigan oil pipeline safety.mlive.com
AG Nessel confident energy will reach UP residents if Line 5 is shut down
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said she’s confident the state will be able to provide rural residents in the Upper Peninsula with energy if Enbridge’s Line 5 operations are stopped in the spring. Nessel expressed her confidence in the state’s ability to provide energy to consumers at a Dec. 22 press conference. Whitmer ordered Enbridge Energy to stop its Line 5 operations on Nov. 13 because the company violated its 1953 easement multiple times, and that the state has a duty to protect the Great Lakes. Nessel did not detail what alternative methods of transporting energy to the Upper Peninsula are available to the state. Enbridge agreed to the extension despite ongoing battles with the state over the pipeline.mlive.com
Line 5 permitting board asks judge to reconsider scope of permit application, delays process
At a Dec. 9 meeting of the Michigan Public Service Commission the board decided Gov. Now the administrative law judge will hold a rehearing on Enbridge’s motion to limit the scope of the case. The line must be shut down by May 2021, though Enbridge is fighting the order in court. Whitmer’s order to shut down Line 5Enbridge Line 5 ordered shut down by Michigan Gov. WhitmerLine 5 shutdown order ‘creates a scenario’ for stopping Enbridge tunnelmlive.com
Enbridge plans to seek dismissal of Gov. Whitmer’s order to shut down Line 5
Gretchen Whitmer’s order to shut down the controversial oil and natural gas liquids pipeline, Line 5. As of right now, the Canadian company has until May 2021 to stop the flow of oil and natural gas through the line. Enbridge had already filed an injunction asking a federal judge to block Whitmer’s order to shutdown the line. The line transports 22.68 million gallons per day of crude oils and natural gas liquids to later become propane. According to Enbridge, Line 5′s resources supplies 65% of the propane used in the Upper Peninsula.mlive.com
Minnesota regulators deny request to delay Line 3 pipeline
The Red Lake and White Earth Bands of Chippewa asked the independent Public Utilities Commission to stay its earlier approval of the project, citing pending litigation before the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Attorneys for the two northern Minnesota tribes argued that allowing construction to continue would cause irreparable harm should the court rule in their favor. “Without a stay, Line 3 would be constructed before the court could determine if the PUC broke the law, making the case moot," LaDuke said in a statement. Line 3 begins in Alberta, Canada, and clips a corner of North Dakota before crossing Minnesota on its way to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. The replacement segments in Canada, North Dakota and Wisconsin are already complete, leaving only the 337-mile (542-kilometer) stretch in Minnesota.
Minnesota gives final green light to disputed oil pipeline
FILE - In this June 29, 2018, file photo, pipeline used to carry crude oil is shown at the Superior, Wis., terminal of Enbridge Energy. A significant permit has been granted to Enbridge's plan to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota regulators approved the final permit Monday for Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, giving the company the green light to begin construction on the $2.6 billion project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the independent Minnesota Public Utilities Commission gave their final approvals last week. The replacement segments in Canada, North Dakota and Wisconsin are already complete, leaving only the 337-mile (542-kilometer) stretch in Minnesota.
A history of the oil spills and battles around Michigan’s Enbridge Pipeline
Within a year, Enbridge Energy could have all the permits it needs to replace the section of the Line 5 pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. The tunnel project plans were finalized in 2018, during a scramble to finish the deal before a new gubernatorial administration, one with plans to shut down Line 5, took office. The following is a timeline of key events, starting with the oil spill from a different pipeline, Line 6B near Marshall, that caused everyone to take notice of Line 5. Line 5 is built The Enbridge Line 5 pipeline is built by the Bechtel Corporation. Since taking office, Nessel has been battling Enbridge in court while Whitmer has at time attempted to negotiate with the company.mlive.com
‘The battle is not over.' Fight to stop oil pipeline in Great Lakes has waged for years
According to Enbridge, Line 5′s resources supplies 65% of the propane used in the Upper Peninsula. “We were very afraid that eventually the oil spill would reach Lake Michigan,” he said. “Unless action is taken, an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac isn’t a question of if — it’s a question of when,” it stated. Protesters hold a depiction of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette before the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline public information session at Holt High School on Thursday, July 6, 2017. They also want a full environmental impact statement and for EGLE and the Michigan Public Service Commission to explore feasible alternatives.mlive.com
Public weighs in as state considers controversial pipeline permit
“This public hearing shows the process for approving our application is moving forward in a timely manner. Hu said they oppose the tunnel project because of environmental concerns and because it only benefits Enbridge, not the people. Public comment has also already started for Enbridge’s permit request with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). Supporters of the tunnel project say Line 5 is vital for sending heating resources to the Upper Peninsula and brings jobs to the state. “We urge anyone who can participate to do so in the public hearing portion of this process,” said EGLE spokesman Nick Assendelft.mlive.com
Enbridge and state reach agreement following damage to Line 5
This comes after Enbridge revealed damage to Line 5 earlier this spring. However, as part of the stipulation, Enbridge has agreed to additional safety measures for vessels that operate around the line. The U.S. Coast Guard recently sent a letter to environmental groups stating that the damage came from vessels contracted by Enbridge. The state and Enbridge have been in a contentious legal battle over the life of Line 5 for more than a year. Enbridge has always maintained that the 65-year old line is operating safely and in accordance with its 1953 Easement with the state.mlive.com
Michigan court orders Line 5 to temporarily cease operations after damage discovered to pipeline
LANSING, Mich. The Ingham County Circuit Court ordered Thursday that Enbridge Energy must cease all operations of the Line 5 oil pipeline located in the Straits of Mackinac. The courts ruling comes after Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a motion for a temporary restraining requiring Enbridge to cease operations on Monday. The east leg has ceased operations since last week after damage was discovered on Line 5. Work must continue toward complete removal of Line 5 from our waters.The Alberta, Canada-based company discovered damage to the pipelines anchor support on June 18. According to Whitmer, the damaged anchor support lies approximately 150 feet (46 meters) from a section of the pipeline where damage to the pipeline coating was discovered on or around May 26.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer demands answers from Enbridge on pipeline damage
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer demanded Friday that Enbridge Energy provide proof that the damage to one of its dual oil pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac will not pose a threat to the area. Whitmer said the damage and how it occurred calls into question the viability of the pipeline. Thats why I am requesting Enbridge turn over to the State of Michigan all relevant information about this most recent damage and provide affirmative evidence that establishes the integrity of the pipeline, Whitmer said in a statement. Duffy clarified that the problem does not affect the pipeline, which he said was shut down as a precaution. The EPA determined that Enbridge neglected to properly evaluate thousands of shallow dents on its Lakehead Pipeline System, which runs across northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.
Whitmer demands answers from Enbridge on pipeline damage
Gretchen Whitmer demanded Friday that Enbridge Energy provide proof that the damage to one of its dual oil pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac will not pose a threat to the area. Whitmer said the damage and how it occurred calls into question the viability of the pipeline. Thats why I am requesting Enbridge turn over to the State of Michigan all relevant information about this most recent damage and provide affirmative evidence that establishes the integrity of the pipeline, Whitmer said in a statement. The company paid $177 million and pledged to improve pipeline safety under that agreement. Mike Shriberg of the National Wildlife Federal and a former member of Michigans Pipeline Safety Advisory Board says the problems with Line 5 reported Thursday should result in its demise.