Enbridge files complaint against Michigan’s closure of Line 5 pipeline

Thursday, 14 January 2021
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Enbridge Inc., the Canadian TSO whose gas pipelines connect supply basins and LNG export plants and cities, has filed a federal complaint accusing Michigan Democratic Party Governor Gretchen Whitmer of “acting like an energy regulator” by seeking to cut off the Line 5 pipeline under a small corner of the Great Lakes.

Canadian company Enbridge and the Canadian province of Alberta have condemned the Michigan Governor’s actions of issuing the Line 5 pipeline closure order.

Whitmer’s office notified Enbridge that it was revoking an easement granted 67 years ago to extend a roughly four-mile section of the pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac. The revocation takes effect in 180 days, when the flow must stop.

Enbridge is a main natural gas supplier to the US Gulf Coast and other areas of the US and is involved in providing feed gas for several LNG ventures, including the Rio Grande export project on the Brownsville Ship Channel in Texas. Vern Yu, the Enbridge Executive Vice President and President, Liquids Pipelines, said it was time for the State of Michigan to “stop playing politics” with the energy needs and anxieties of US and Canadian consumers and businesses. 

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