Michigan judge allows restart of disputed oil pipeline

Mackinac Bridge file photo
Posted at 8:23 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 20:23:51-04

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge is allowing Enbridge to resume pumping oil through a Midwestern pipeline. The judge ordered the shutdown of Line 5 last week at the request of state Attorney General Dana Nessel.

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That came after damage was found to a structure anchoring a section of the pipeline that runs through a channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan.

In an updated order Wednesday, the judge said Enbridge could reopen the pipeline to conduct a safety test and could keep the oil flowing in keeping with its results. Enbridge says it will comply with the court order.