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Whitmer Threatens Enbridge Profits Unless Line 5 Shut Down

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is threatening to go after Enbridge's profits from a Great Lakes oil pipeline if it isn't shut down. The Democratic governor issued the warning Tuesday in a letter to Enbridge, a Canadian oil transport company. Last November, Whitmer ordered the company to close the line by Wednesday. She agrees with environmentalists and native tribes that a section of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac is vulnerable to a spill. Enbridge says the pipeline is safe and won't be shut down unless a federal court or agency requires it. Supporters of the pipeline say losing it would cause economic damage and job losses. Enbridge is also seeking to reroute another part of Line 5 through Ashland and Iron counties in Wisconsin and has faced resistance to that plan.

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