The Line 5 pipeline has won a stay of execution in Wisconsin, where a federal judge sided with an Indigenous group's complaint but stopped short of ordering the controversial cross-border energy link shut down entirely.
The international dispute over Line 5 belongs in federal court, a Michigan judge declared on Thursday, August 18, 2022, dealing a critical blow to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's bid to shut down the controversial cross-border oil and gas pipeline.
Business leaders from the United States and Canada are again wading into the fray over Line 5, accusing the state of Michigan of dragging its heels to ensure the controversial cross-border pipeline remains in a state of legal limbo even as both countries contend with a looming energy crisis.
The global energy crisis sparked by Russia's invasion of Ukraine is repressurizing North America's pipeline debate — and Canada's natural resources minister says it offers one more compelling reason for Michigan to abandon its crusade against Line 5.
Attorney General Dana Nessel and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were dealt a setback last November when District Court Judge Janet Neff granted Enbridge's request that the case be removed to federal court, a decision that prompted Michigan to abandon that particular challenge.
A federal judge listened on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, to Flint residents who were victims of the city's lead-contaminated water, a step in determining whether she should sign off on a $641 million deal that would settle claims against the state of Michigan.