Protestors Demand Enbridge's Line 5 Pipeline Be Shut Down

Over 60 people against the Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline located beneath the Straits of Mackinac gathered and protested at the home of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette demanding he shut down the line.

Protestors outside the Midland home held banners as they called on Schuette to take action on the line. Authorities were on the scene but did not make any arrests.

Calgary-based Enbridge Energy owns Line 5, a 63-year-old oil pipeline that carries about 23 million gallons of light crude oil and liquefied natural gas daily. It runs underground from northern Wisconsin and the southern tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula before it splits into two sections of pipe that run across the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac. It then continues into the refineries in Sarnia, Ontario.

Schuette and other elected officials have voiced their concerns of the line ever since a pipeline owned by Enbridge ruptured in Michigan and leaked over 800,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River and a tributary creek in 2010. Protestors urge Schuette to use his authority to shut down the line in order to protect the Great Lakes.

Enbridge is confident the line poses no risk to its environment as it is in good shape and has never leaked in its 63 years of operation.

New York Times