Clean Water Action Applauds AG Nessel’s Action To Decommission Line 5 Pipeline

Thursday, June 27, 2019
Lake Michigan, photo:  (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The following statement can be attributed to Mary Brady-Enerson, Michigan Director of Clean Water Action:

“For years, Clean Water Action along with a broad coalition of Michigan residents, business owners, and indigenous leaders have been calling for our state leadership to decommission Enbridge’s dangerous and outdated Line 5 pipeline, which remains an ever-present threat to the Straits of Mackinac, and the waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Today, Attorney General Nessel has filed a lawsuit in Ingham County Circuit Court to do just that.

We proudly stand with Attorney General Nessel in her efforts to end the threat that Line 5 poses to our Great Lakes. Line 5 is not critical infrastructure to Michigan, it is little more than a shortcut that delivers Canadian oil to Canada while Michigan bears the risk. Over the last few months, Enbridge and their allies in the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Operating Engineers Local 324 have been engaged in a disinformation campaign, spreading demonstrably false statements concerning the impact of a Line 5 shutdown. We are glad that the Attorney General has seen past this blatant attempt to scare Michigan’s elected leaders and is moving forward swiftly to end the threat to our Great Lakes for good.”


Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. Clean Water Action is Michigan’s largest grassroots conservation group with over 250,000 members across the state. Through direct advocacy and education we organize Michigan residents to protect the Great Lakes and our water resources. Learn more at

Sean McBrearty
(616) 516-7758