Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc has said it will not comply with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s notice ordering it to shut down its Line 5 in May after terminating the easement for the oil and natural gas dual pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan.
In a letter dated Tuesday, Enbridge’s executive vice president Vern Yu informed Michigan’s governor of “Enbridge’s Rejection” of a November notice that requires it to cease operating the pipeline by May 12. Yu says in the missive “that the State lacks the authority to terminate or revoke” the easement, a move that it says would wrongfully displace the role of the federal pipeline administrator.
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