Bloomberg Law
July 27, 2017, 7:18 PM

Enbridge Energy Wins Oil Spill Appeal

Steven M. Sellers
Steven M. Sellers
Legal Editor

Enbridge Energy is entitled to summary dismissal of illness claims arising from a pipeline rupture that spilled 840,000 gallons of oil, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled July 25 (Lowery v. Enbridge Energy L.P., 2017 BL 258807, Mich., No. SC:151600, 7/25/17).

Chance Lowery alleged his stomach hemorrhage was caused by the 2010 spill from a pipeline belonging to Enbridge Energy LP, but his expert didn’t establish the injury was caused by the pollution, the unanimous court said.

The ruling overturned a court of appeals decision for Lowery, reinstated a summary judgment for Enbridge, and featured a concurring opinion by ...