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Wildlife group sues US over Enbridge oil pipeline in Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — An environmental group is accusing the federal government of misjudging an emergency response plan for a major oil pipeline that runs through Michigan. The National Wildlife Federation filed a lawsuit Monday against a pipeline safety agency, saying the government in 2013 failed to account for impacts on wildlife, plants, and Great Lakes shore if Line 5 ruptures. ...

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Minnesota regulators to make some key pipeline decisions

Enbridge pipeline

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission meets Thursday to make some important decisions on how it will proceed with Enbridge Energy’s proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota across Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin. The decisions will also affect Enbridge’s proposal to replace its aging Line 3 pipeline from the tar sands of Alberta to ...

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Report: Straits of Mackinac oil pipeline not necessary

Mackinac Bridge (also know as the "Big Mac" and "Mighty Mac") across the Straits of Mackinac to connecting the Upper and Lower peninsulas of Michigan. (Image: cmh2315fl via Flickr)

Continuing to move up to 23 million gallons of crude oil per day through 62-year-old, underwater pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac is too risky and not necessary, an environmental group said Monday. For Love of Water, or FLOW, released a report on alternatives to Enbridge’s Line 5, saying the existing oil pipeline network in the Midwest provides alternatives that ...

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Where does the Line 5 oil pipeline go from here?

A controversial 62-year-old oil pipeline at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac has a future that’s up in the air. Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline carries up to 23 million gallons per day of light crude oil and liquid natural gas through the Upper Peninsula, then south through the Lower Peninsula before reaching a hub in ...

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Great Lakes face threat from another Enbridge line

The 62-year-old segment of Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline underwater, at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, has been generating the most buzz and concern lately over how a spill from it would harm the Great Lakes. But it’s another segment of that same pipeline, out of the water and running through the Upper Peninsula along ...

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Environmental groups seek enhanced studies of planned crude oil pipelines across Minnesota

Opponents of two crude oil pipelines proposed in northern Minnesota are pushing for deeper, more sweeping studies of their environmental risks in the wake of an appeals court ruling rejecting the process begun by state regulators. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Thursday decided to stay, or put on hold, its June decision granting a certificate of need to the ...

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A readiness test: What if oil spewed into Great Lakes?

ST. IGNACE — Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge, the U.S. Coast Guard and several other federal, state and local agencies took to the waters of the Great Lakes Thursday in boats big and small, testing their preparedness and capabilities to contain what many consider as the worst of nightmare scenarios for the Great Lakes: a leak in Enbridge’s Line 5 ...

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