Michigan AG sues to shut down oil pipeline in Great Lakes

Michigan AG sues to shut down oil pipeline in Great Lakes
FILE - This July 19, 2002, file photo, shows the Mackinac Bridge that spans the Straits of Mackinac from Mackinaw City, Mich. Enbridge Inc. said Monday, June, 17, 2019, it’s moving ahead with collection of rock and soil samples in the Straits of Mackinac while preparing for a court battle with Michigan’s governor over a planned oil pipeline tunnel there. The Canadian company, which has been drilling into the ground on the south side of the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan, said it will begin boring into the lakebed this week from a barge in shallow water. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general is suing to shut down dual oil pipelines in the Great Lakes.

Democrat Dana Nessel filed suit Thursday. It was the same day she also sought to dismiss pipeline operator Enbridge’s request for a ruling on the legality of a deal it struck last year with former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder to put replacement pipes in a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Nessel says the Line 5 pipes pose an “unacceptable risk” to the Great Lakes and she moved after it became clear talks between Enbridge and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stalled.

The pipelines are part of Enbridge’s Line 5, which carries 23 million gallons (87 million liters) of crude oil and natural gas liquids daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario.