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Enbridge seeks court ruling on Great Lakes oil pipeline deal

Posted at 3:46 PM, Jun 06, 2019

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP/FOX 17) — Enbridge Inc. is asking a Michigan court to rule on the legality of an agreement it reached with former Gov. Rick Snyder to build an oil pipeline beneath the channel linking lakes Huron and Michigan.

The Canadian company said Thursday that it is asking the Michigan Court of Claims to determine the constitutional validity of the deal.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said her office is unable to comment on the lawsuit, because they haven’t received it yet.

However, Nessel did say she is pleased to know Enbridge shares her interest in quickly securing a solution to the issue.

“We look forward to seeing them in court,” she said in a release.

The Court of Claims deals with civil actions filed against the state and its agencies.

Snyder, a Republican, was replaced in January by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. She is pushing the company to speed up its timeline for building the tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac and wants to reach an agreement by Monday.

Nessel has said a law enacted in December to implement the tunnel agreement violates the state constitution.