Judge rules Line 5 can partially reopen, but its future is uncertain

Jul 1, 2020


Enbridge Energy reported damage to its Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac on June 18.
Credit Courtesy of EGLE

An Ingham County Circuit Court Judge ruled today to continue a temporary restraining order against Enbridge, while also allowing the company to resume operations on the western leg of its Line 5 pipeline. 

The decision comes after a long hearing in court yesterday, during which the state and Enbridge each made their case for why the state should, or shouldn't, be able to regulate the pipeline.

There was also a ruling by the Michigan Public Service Commission yesterday, which may have big implications for the future of Enbridge’s proposed tunnel for the pipeline.