By Kelly House of Bridge Magazine

The Line 5 pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac is no longer transporting petroleum products, after a judge on Thursday ordered a temporary shutdown — giving Michigan a preview of the permanent shutdown some in Michigan have long desired and others have long fought.

The shutdown, which comes a week after pipeline owner Enbridge Energy reported damage to an anchor support on the pipeline, has been met with cheers from opponents who decry Line 5 as an unacceptable oil spill liability in the Great Lakes, and jeers from supporters who say the pipeline is critical infrastructure whose risks have been overblown.

In a statement Thursday, Michigan Attorney General and Line 5 critic Dana Nessel said she was grateful for the ruling, but it is “only a short-term fix.”

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