Judge keeps Michigan oil pipeline case in federal court

Michigan

In June 2020, file photo, a television screen provided by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy shows damage to anchor support EP-17-1 on the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline within the Straits of Mackinac in Mich. (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy via AP, File)

(AP) — A federal judge says a dispute over a Canadian oil pipeline that runs through a section of the Great Lakes belongs in her court.

U.S. District Judge Janet Neff on Tuesday retained jurisdiction in the case between the state of Michigan and Enbridge Energy.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered Enbridge to close Line 5, which she says risks a spill in the Straits of Mackinac connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.

Whitmer wants the case heard in state court. But Neff ruled that the matter raises federal issues, including a treaty between the U.S. and Canada as well as pipeline safety laws.

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