Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered Enbridge to shut down Line 5 by Wednesday night, citing concerns over the risk of an oil spill into the Great Lakes. Whitmer is now warning she’ll seek to seize the company’s profits from the pipeline if it doesn’t comply.
Analysts say it’s unlikely Line 5 will get turned off, although Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered pipeline company Enbridge to do so next Wednesday. But if the pipeline did go offline, it could spur a scramble to meet fuel demand.
The federal Liberal government is putting Canada's oil and gas industry ahead of the Great Lakes by opposing Michigan's efforts to shut down the Line 5 pipeline, says a prominent group of Ontario First Nations.
The Straits of Mackinac, a “sacred wellspring of Anishinaabe life and culture,” is part of an area ceded to the U.S. in 1836 only upon assurances that the right to hunt, fish and gather would be protected, tribal governments say.
Enbridge calls Line 5 “as good as new” and says it can last “forever,” even though the pipeline has failed at least 33 times since 1968, spilling more than 1.1 million gallons of oil in Michigan and Wisconsin, write Maude Barlow and Jim Olson.