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Wildlife group sues US over Enbridge pipeline in Michigan

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An environmental group is accusing the federal government of misjudging an emergency response plan for a major oil pipeline that runs through Michigan.

The National Wildlife Federation filed a lawsuit Monday against a pipeline safety agency, saying the government in 2013 failed to account for impacts on wildlife, plants, and Great Lakes shore if Line 5 ruptures.

The pipeline is operated by Enbridge, a Canadian company.

It runs from Wisconsin to Ontario, Canada, including the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in Michigan.

Emails seeking comment from Enbridge and the government weren't immediately returned.

Wildlife Federation spokesman Jordan Lubetkin says the group believes the aging pipeline carries too much risk for the Great Lakes.

The lawsuit was filed in Detroit federal court.

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