Enbridge Responds to AG Nessel’s Legal Action to Close Line 5

In a statement from Enbridge released Friday morning, Enbridge re-affirmed its commitment to the safety of the Great Lakes and construction of the straits tunnel project.

This comes after Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced she is taking legal action to decommission the controversial Line 5 pipeline.

It’s the latest move in the state’s ongoing battle with the Canadian oil company.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Enbridge had been negotiating plans for the tunnel. But last month Nessel vowed to take legal action if the governor couldn’t reach a deal to speed up production of the tunnel.

Thursday Nessel fulfilled that promise.

She filed the state’s response to a lawsuit from Enbridge, which attempted to keep a deal the company had reached with former Gov. Rick Snyder’s Administration for a pipeline tunnel.

Nessel is now asking a judge to dismiss that lawsuit.

She also filed a motion that argues the Straits Pipeline Corridor Authority is unconstitutional.

And she argues the agreements that give Enbridge the right to continue operation of Line 5 are invalid.

Enbridge’s released its statement, which says in part:

“Enbridge remains fully committed to moving forward in a constructive manner with the administration to reach our mutual objective of replacing the existing Line 5 crossing as soon as possible.

We believe that the most effective path forward is to work expeditiously toward permitting and construction of the tunnel, rather than through the courts.”