Wildlife group sues over Michigan pipeline

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An environmental group is accusing the federal government of misjudging an emergency response plan for a major oil pipeline that runs through Michigan.

The National Wildlife Federation filed a lawsuit Monday against a pipeline safety agency, saying the government in 2013 failed to account for impacts on wildlife, plants, and Great Lakes shore if Line 5 ruptures.

The pipeline belongs to Enbridge, a Canadian company. It runs from Wisconsin to Ontario, Canada, including the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

The government didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Enbridge says Line 5 is always monitored and any oil flow can be stopped within three minutes.

The lawsuit was filed in Detroit federal court. The wildlife group says the Straits aren't appropriate for the pipeline.