Enbridge Inc. plans to enchantment a courtroom order to close down its Line 5 oil pipeline on the Dangerous River Reservation inside three years, the corporate mentioned in an electronic mail.
A US District Courtroom in Wisconsin on Friday ordered the corporate to cease working the oil pipeline operating from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario, inside three years and pay the band $5.15 million. Enbridge already deliberate to maneuver the road off the reservation, however mentioned it disagreed with points of the courtroom’s choice, together with that the corporate is trespassing and that Line 5 should stop operations.
“Enbridge is weighing all its choices, together with requesting a keep of the choose’s choice whereas an enchantment is heard,” Gina Sutherland, an Enbridge spokeswoman, mentioned in an electronic mail. The three-year time line is bigoted, however is “achievable, supplied authorities allowing companies comply with affordable and well timed processes.”
Any judgment on Enbridge’s potential enchantment seemingly “will in the end accommodate the regulatory course of to relocate the road within the new timeline given the courts have been reluctant to close the road on account of downstream impacts and worldwide relations,” Robert Catellier, an analyst at Canadian Imperial Financial institution of Commerce, mentioned in a be aware to purchasers.
The corporate has been enmeshed in a number of courtroom battles over Line 5, a vital conduit for delivering oil from Western Canada to refineries within the US Midwest in addition to in Ontario and Quebec. In addition to the case in Wisconsin, the corporate is preventing Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s order that Line 5 be shut down due to the specter of a spill the place the road crosses the Nice Lakes on the Straits of Mackinac. The corporate has proposed to construct a tunnel underneath the waterway to make the road safer.
The battle over Line 5 has escalated right into a dispute between Canada and the US, with Canada invoking a Seventies-era treaty to guard the pipeline’s operation.