Choose Raises Enbridge Pipeline Case in Federal Courtroom – Enterprise Insurance

(Reuters) – A lawsuit between the Canadian company Enbridge Inc. and the state of Michigan over Enbridge's Line 5 oil pipeline is being tried in U.S. federal court, a judge ruled Tuesday and dismissed Michigan’s motion for the case to be dismissed by the state court away.

Line 5 ships 540,000 barrels of raw and refined products daily from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario, across the Strait of Mackinac in the Great Lakes.

Michigan ordered the pipeline to be closed by last May amid concerns that a section of subsea could leak into the Great Lakes, an order Enbridge has ignored.

Last month, the Canadian government, which intervened in support of Enbridge in the lawsuit, invoked a 1977 pipeline contract with the United States to initiate negotiations between Ottawa and Washington over the fate of the pipeline.

Enbridge, of Calgary, Alberta, welcomed the decision by US District Judge Janet Neff in the Western District of Michigan.

"This is a matter of both federal and international law, and the federal court will now handle the case," said a company spokesman.

Michigan is reviewing the decision and considering next steps, a attorney general spokeswoman said.

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