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Judge sides with Enbridge, keeps Line 5 case in federal court

A federal judge has struck a blow to the state of Michigan’s effort to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline.

The judge denied the state’s efforts to remove its Line 5 lawsuit from federal court back to state court.

The case started out in state court. But after two years of litigating there, Enbridge argued it should be moved to federal court because the case deals with federal questions.

The judge agreed. She wrote that the court “will not accept the State’s invitation to undermine its previous decision and perpetuate a forum battle.”

Advocates for shutting down Line 5 blasted the decision. They accused Enbridge of manipulating the judicial system because the case wasn’t going its way in state court.

Editor's note: Enbridge is one of Michigan Radio's corporate sponsors.

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Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Radio in October, 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit. Before her arrival at Michigan Radio, Sarah worked at WDET-FM as a reporter and producer.