Group Challenges Permit For Oil Pipeline In National Forest

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – An advocacy group is suing the U.S. Forest Service for allowing an underground oil pipeline in the Huron-Manistee National Forest without conducting an environmental analysis.

The Sierra Club lawsuit targets a pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy Partners LP. Known as Line 5, it starts in North Dakota and ends in Sarnia, Ontario. A section runs through the Huron-Manistee forest in Oscoda County.

A permit for that section expired in 2012. The Forest Service issued another last month. The Sierra Club says under federal law, the government should have analyzed the potential effect on the environment.

The pipeline has drawn scrutiny from environmental groups because another section runs beneath the scenic Straits of Mackinac.

A message seeking comment was left with the Forest Service. An Enbridge spokesman had no immediate comment.

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