Enbridge Line 5

Is The Line 5 Tunnel A Bridge To Michigan's Energy Future Or A Bad Deal?

Apr 2, 2021
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

As Canadian officials lobbied a Michigan Senate committee in March to keep the Line 5 pipeline open, Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) grew frustrated with a conversation that, up to that point, had focused mainly on the immediate economic and safety implications of a possible shutdown.

Ohio, Louisiana, And Indiana Weigh In On Enbridge's Line 5 Lawsuit

Mar 24, 2021

Attorneys general from Ohio, Louisiana, and Indiana are requesting amici status in Enbridge Energy's case against Governor Gretchen Whitmer's revocation of the easement for the Line 5 pipeline, which carries crude oil and natural gas liquids under the Straits of Mackinac.

Kaye LaFond

Fifteen members of Congress, including five republicans from Michigan, are asking President Joe Biden to support the Line 5 oil pipeline.

During his first days in office President Biden revoked a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, stopping its construction.

Straits of Mackinac
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The state has approved permits that would allow Enbridge Energy to dig the tunnel that would house a new Line 5 pipeline. The replacement would still be used to move petroleum products on a path that runs beneath environmentally sensitive Straits of Mackinac.

Michigan Approves Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Tunnel Permits

Jan 29, 2021
Enbridge Energy

Michigan's environmental agency is approving construction of an underground tunnel to house a replacement for a controversial oil pipeline in the Great Lakes. State officials have awarded permits to Enbridge for the $500 million tunnel project.

Enbridge Rejects Michigan’s Demand To Shut Down Oil Pipeline

Jan 12, 2021
Straits of Mackinac
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Enbridge said Tuesday it would defy Michigan’s demand to shut down an oil pipeline that runs through a channel linking two of the Great Lakes, contending that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision was based on bad information and political posturing.


The US Army Corps of Engineers took public comment on Monday regarding Enbridge Energy’s request for a permit to build a tunnel to house the Line 5 pipeline under the straits of Mackinac.


Environmental groups are responding to news that the state will retain an outside expert to review the Line 5 tunnel project.

Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

Two bills introduced this week in Lansing would increase the legal penalties for large boat operators who don’t pass cautiously through the Straits of Mackinac.

Mackinac Bridge photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

On a conference call Wednesday, Environmental, Tribal, and Business groups said “it’s decision time” for Governor Whitmer on the Line 5 Pipeline.