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AG Nessel: I’ll move to shut oil pipeline if talks fail

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general says she’ll move to shut down an oil pipeline in the Great Lakes if the governor can’t find a “swift and straightforward” resolution.

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is open to allowing construction of tunnel beneath the lakebed to house a new segment of Line 5 in the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet. But she has concerns her predecessor’s plan would keep the existing pipeline in the water too long.

During her campaign, Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel pledged to sue to close the pipeline — saying operator Enbridge has violated a state easement.

Nessel released a statement Monday saying if Whitmer’s ongoing talks to resolve the contentious issue fail, she’ll use “every resource available to our office” to shut the pipeline to protect the lakes.

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3 comments

  • steve

    Exactly what’s illegal about the pipeline as it exists? And why wasn’t it illegal sixty five years ago in the opinions of the seven Attorneys General that preceded her? This is nothing more than her saying it’s either going to be Gretchen’s way or no way.

  • On It

    I’m more than sick of hearing about this activist cramming her activist stuff down our throats every stinking day. Never a moment when they let up, is there?! Never elect a dim!

  • C

    Shutting down the pipeline because of some possible easement problem that’s been in place for many years isn’t going to get any remedy done one day sooner, and she knows it. She’s a power hungry megalomaniac and Whitmer made a big mistake in probably choosing her to be AG only because she’s a female.

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