Enbridge Inc. ENB and the Bad River tribe have been ordered by a federal judge to reach a decision to shut down and remove Line 5, as it could result in a catastrophic oil leak on the Bad River.
The judge ordered Enbridge and the Bad River tribe to establish a strategy to prevent the oil flow, if a rupture occurs, and stop the erosion along the Bad River by Dec 17. Enbridge and the Bad River tribe have to submit a joint proposal or provide their proposals if no agreement can be reached by Dec 24.
The rupture of Line 5 could have disastrous consequences in the Bad River watershed and Lake Superior. Hence, the court believes that a pipeline rupture would be an irrational intervention against the Band’s rights.
Line 5, which is part of Enbridge’s larger Mainline and Lakehead systems, extends from Wisconsin through Michigan and into Ontario. The pipeline is a major source of 540,000 barrels per day of propane and crude oil supply for Michigan and nearby areas.
In 2019, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa sued Enbridge in federal court and forced the company to shut down Line 5 as it poses an unreasonable threat to health and safety due to the risk of a potential rupture.
Enbridge has already taken actions to prevent a rupture of Line 5, which involves a more robust shutdown plan, more monitoring, installing emergency flow restricting device shutoff valves, accelerating the purging process to clear the portion of the pipeline near the meander, proposing remediation to fight the erosion and working on reroute plans.
The Bad River Band has constantly asked Enbridge to completely and permanently shut Line 5. Enbridge plans to develop a $450-million pipeline running 41 miles around the Bad River reservation in response to Bad River’s lawsuit. Meanwhile, the Line 5 oil and gas pipeline will continue to operate.
Shares of Enbridge have underperformed the industry in the past six months. The stock has lost 7.8% compared with the industry’s 11.4% decline.
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Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Enbridge currently carries a Zack Rank #3 (Hold).
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