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6th Circuit hears Michigan challenge to Enbridge

Gerald R Ford Federal Building Court House
Andrea Flores Pazarin
Gerald R Ford Federal Building Court House

A federal appeals court heard arguments Thursday on whether the Michigan’s efforts to shut down Enbridge Line Five belong in a state or federal court.

There’s no timeline for the U-S Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to make the decision.

The state says a federal judge made an error by moving the case from the Ingham County Circuit Court to a U-S District Court.

Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office filed the case under Michigan environmental and public nuisance laws.

“When a state attorney general makes state law claims they should be heard in a state court. It’s pretty simple.”

But Enbridge says there are a host of international controversies related to the pipeline which runs through the U-S and into Canada, including a segment beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Enbridge says that puts the argument within the province of federal courts.

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