Federal Judge Retains Jurisdiction Over Pipeline Dispute
Thu, 18 Nov 2021 06:00:55 EST

A federal judge says a dispute over a Canadian oil pipeline that runs through a section of the Great Lakes belongs in her court.

U.S. District Judge Janet Neff has retained jurisdiction in the case between the state of Michigan and Enbridge. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered Enbridge to close Line 5, which she says risks a spill in the Straits of Mackinac connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.

Whitmer wants the case heard in state court. But Neff ruled that the matter raises federal issues, including a treaty between the U.S. and Canada as well as pipeline safety laws.


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