SS: We did reach out to Enbridge to have someone interviewed on this program. What should we look for maybe in a legal fight or otherwise with this new order and Enbridge? Ask the Great Lakes Now Team Your PFAS Question, Beneath the Surface: The Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes, Michigan Gov. NS: It’s really interesting. The proposed tunnel would house the replacement segment for the Line 5 petroleum pipeline that sits on the bottom … Let me Begin by saying I have a great deal of knowledge in issues related to EPA guidelines. They may argue they have a license to use this pipeline, and they may try to challenge the state’s action. Legal Translation: Environmental attorney explains the latest on Enbridge Line 5 news. There’re other legal theories that they may raise to try to slow down or stop this action. Enbridge has warned that a Line 5 shutdown would threaten Michigan’s energy security, particularly for Upper Peninsula residents who rely upon propane from Line 5 to heat their homes. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This failure to engage reflects a lack of understanding or worse, a continued failure to meet the State’s commitments under the 2018 Second Agreement between the State of Michigan and Enbridge, which contemplates periodic meetings on pipeline issues to avoid just this kind of situation. They start underground onshore, taper deep underwater and cross the Straits for 4.5 miles. Or like a property interest, they have a license to use this pipeline. A court decision in Michigan could have major implications for the energy security of Ontario and Quebec. Energizing Michigan since 1953. To contain and clean up oil from water is easier. Enbridge's Line 5 has served Michiganders safely without incident at the Straits crossing for more than 65 years, over nine different State Administrations. That’s a concern that’s often been raised. Enzyms will eat the residual. Enbridge received notice from the governor's legal counsel Friday afternoon and is reviewing the document. But in the following conversation, attorney Nick Schroeck, who is the director of the environmental law clinic at University of Detroit Mercy, and Great Lakes Now Program Director Sandra Svoboda have this update about the latest legal actions and a refresher about what the pipeline is all about. Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has been operating for over 65 years. We remain committed to advancing The Great Lakes Tunnel that will contain a new section of pipeline to replace the Dual Pipelines. But last week Michigan Gov. This is different than maybe a permitting fight or something like that. Gretchen Whitmer is moving to shut down Line 5 by revoking and ending a 1953 easement that allows Enbridge Energy to run the dual pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac. Products moved on Line 5 heat homes and businesses, fuel vehicles, and power industry in the state … Wisconsin receives no benefit from the pipeline but is subject to a lot of risk. Enbridge’s Line 5 is a 645-mile petroleum pipeline that is part of the larger Enbridge Lakehead System. Line 5 Tunnel Project Proposal Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership is seeking approval to build a utility tunnel and to replace and relocate the portion of the Line 5 pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac. With so many twists and turns in the Line 5 story, it’s hard to keep up with the legal filings and positions from Enbridge Energy Corp., various Michigan governmental agencies and groups trying to stop or keep the pipeline. It’s also easier to isolate. Enbridge Application for Line 5. December 7, 2020, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, EST. Whitmer signed an executive order in 2019 creating the Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. NS: Yes, so what’s at issue here is something called the public trust doctrine. Enbridge's Line 5 has served Michiganders safely without incident at the Straits crossing for more than 65 years, over nine different State Administrations. As of December 2013, the line carries 540,000 barrels (86,000 m ) of oil per day. Line 5 is an essential source of energy for not only Michigan but for the entire region including Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ontario, and Quebec. To travel through the state, make its way to refineries primarily in Sarnia, Ontario. If this pipeline was shut down, what will that mean for people, homeowners in the Upper Peninsula that rely on that fuel source? The DNR rejected Enbridge’s offer to allow technical experts to discuss any questions or clarifications related to its review. Your email address will not be published. I imagine Enbridge may also try and raise some other legal claims. Dear Editor: Enbridge Line 5, a 67-year-old Canadian oil pipeline, starts in Superior, and traverses east using the upper Great Lake states for a shortcut to its destination in Sarnia, Ontario. SS: What can happen between now and May? This is a fundamental issue about the ability of this pipeline to continue its operations there along the Straits of Mackinac. NS: The same day that the governor announced the termination of this easement, the attorney general, Dana Nessel, also filed a lawsuit in Ingham County Circuit Court seeking what’s a called a declaratory judgement. I would rather clean up a breach in the water than in the soil. 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