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New Enbridge court documents revealed

Above ground section of Enbridge's Line 5 at Mackinaw City, Mich., pump station photo
John Flesher
Associated Press

New court documents have been made public from lawsuits against Enbridge Energy. The Canadian energy company owns and operates the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

Enbridge says shutting down Line 5 would only make the energy markets worse and hurt Michigan families.

Advocacy groups say the court documents reveal Enbridge’s claims about fuel costs rising if Line 5 is shut down are false.

The groups point to an Enbridge-hired consultant’s statement that says fuel costs in Michigan will only rise half a center per gallon if the pipeline closes.

Shawn McBrearty is the campaign coordinator for Oil and Water Don’t Mix.

Energy experts and advocates have known that this is the case, we've been raising the alarm for years. The bombshell revelations contained in these recent court filings show that Enbridge has known as well.

In a written statement, Enbridge said their consultant’s estimations are based on costs after the pipeline’s replacement infrastructure is in place and his statements were made before the current global energy crisis.

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