June 27, 2019 / 3:27 PM / 4 months ago

Michigan files suit seeking to shut down Enbridge oil pipeline in Great Lakes

CALGARY, Alberta, June 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. state of Michigan has filed a lawsuit asking for an Enbridge Inc oil pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes to be decommissioned, a statement from Michigan’s attorney general said on Thursday.

The lawsuit says Enbridge’s continued operation of the underwater portion of Line 5 under an easement granted in 1953 violates the public trust doctrine, is a common law public nuisance, and violates the Michigan Environmental Protection Act because it is likely to cause pollution impairment and destruction of water and other natural resources. (Reporting by Nia Williams in Calgary Editing by James Dalgleish)

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