Oil pipelines present unacceptable risks and do not belong in the Great Lakes. Enbridge’s Line 5 has already spilled 29 times and released more than 1 million gallons of oil and gas into the environment.
Michigan's Pipeline Safety Advisory Board released a proposal to shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge and the oil industry are supporting other alternatives proposed in the state’s study that would keep oil flowing through the Straits. Alternatives to decommissioning are not acceptable.
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I strongly support decommissioning Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.
Oil pipelines present unacceptable risks and do not belong in the Great Lakes. Other alternatives to decommissioning Line 5 are not acceptable. Enbridge’s Line 5 has already spilled 29 times and released more than 1 million gallons of oil and gas products into the environment. The Straits of Mackinac are the worst possible place for an oil pipeline rupture. Michigan should not put the Great Lakes and our economy at risk from a catastrophic oil spill.
As you know, the Canadian pipeline company Enbridge pumps almost 23 million gallons of oil every day through its Line 5 pipeline, from Superior, Wisconsin to Sarnia, Ontario.
Enbridge is currently operating in violation of the 1953 easement agreement with the State of Michigan to operate Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. Turbulent currents and winter conditions make the Straits the worst possible location for a spill. Required supports for Line 5 have washed out many times over the years and this 64-year-old pipeline has failed at least 29 times.
This pipeline poses an unacceptable risk to our water, ecosystems, health, and economy.
I urge you to act as legal public trustees of our waters and bottomlands and begin the process of decommissioning Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac to protect the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill.