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Enbridge’s Legal Gambit Aimed at Delay, Leaves Great Lakes Exposed to Catastrophic Oil Spill

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (December 16, 2021) — Enbridge Energy’s latest attempt to move its Line 5 litigation to federal court and stymie Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s efforts to protect the people and wildlife of Michigan and the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill is a blatant delay tactic that the courts should reject. The National Wildlife Federation thanked Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel for her work to turn back this specious strategy.

“Enbridge’s only legal tactic appears to be delay, and more delay,” said Beth Wallace, Great Lakes campaign manager for the National Wildlife Federation. “This latest desperate ploy is over a year too late and is designed to waste time, keeping the Great Lakes at risk while spending millions to mislead the public. Every delay tactic by Enbridge means the Great Lakes remain at urgent risk from the ticking time bomb that is Line 5. We strongly support and thank Attorney General Nessel for her bold leadership to protect the Great Lakes and our economy while upholding state and Tribal sovereignty.”

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