Enbridge Line 5 Settlement Talk Continuation Signals Resolution May Be Achievable
Energy attorney Thomas Leland was quoted in a CTFN article about a federal court case involving Canadian pipeline company Enbridge and the state of Michigan. A court-appointed mediator indicated that more discussions will be held between Enbridge and Michigan authorities over the fate of Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline, signaling that a deal is still within reach.
Critics of Line 5 note that both President Biden’s Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy last year called for shutting down Line 5 months before Biden was elected president. Mr. Leland explained that Biden is smart to wait for the courts to rule.
“From what I’ve seen of the Biden Administration so far, they are very focused on letting things work out in the courts before they want to weigh in and [Line 5] obviously is in the courts and also is in a settlement posture,” he said. “So, I’m quite certain that it would not be wise to weigh in one way or the other where it is set up for this whole thing to be resolved in some fashion. I think that’s probably wise on their part at this juncture.”