Enbridge Energy

Nick Damico

A judge ordered on Wednesday that Enbridge Energy can resume operating the eastern leg of the Line 5 pipeline.

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Dozens of people made comments on Enbridge’s Line 5 tunnel proposal in a virtual meeting Monday night.

The Canadian oil and gas company wants to build a passage in the bedrock beneath the Straits of Mackinac to house the oil pipeline.

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Some Michigan tribes can now legally intervene in the controversial Line 5 permitting process.

The move comes as the energy company Enbridge wants to put the pipeline in a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac.

The impacts of the Line 5 oil spill a decade later

Jul 24, 2020
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Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 oil and gas pipeline is embattled. Environmental groups and tribal governments say it poses a critical threat to the Great Lakes where it passes through the Straits of Mackinac. The line faces challenges in court including from the state Attorney General. But as Sehvilla Mann reports, no one paid much attention to Line 5 until the oil spill on the Kalamazoo River 10 years ago.

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The worst oil spill into an inland waterway in U-S history happened right here in Michigan, 10 years ago this week [SAT JULY 25].

It happened on a Sunday evening. 5:58 p.m. on July 25th, 2010. Enbridge’s Line 6B was carrying a dark, thick oil from Canada’s tar sands. The pipeline split open in a wetland near the small town of Marshall.

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