Husted: Michigan ‘on Weak Legal Ground’ in Line 5 Debate

Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted this week told news media that the new strategy Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is taking in hopes of shutting down the oil and natural gas pipeline known as Line 5 “is a sign Michigan understands it is on weak legal ground in federal court and is seeking a more favorable forum to plea their case.”

Earlier this week, Whitmer announced she was voluntarily dismissing a lawsuit she filed in a U.S. district court — one that largely mirrored a lawsuit filed in state court.

Line 5 has operated since 1953. Shutting down the pipeline would cost tens of thousands of jobs, spike energy prices, and jeopardize the upper Midwest’s economy. The OMA is on record in support of the pipeline remaining operational. 12/2/2021