The route of Enbridge Line 5 which crosses part of Michigan and the Straits of Mackinac.
Enbridge Energy has operated Line 5 since 1953. It transports up to 87 million liters of crude oil and natural gas liquids daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ohio.
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We believe this agreement makes a safe pipeline even safer, added Ryan Duffy, Enbridge spokesperson.
A 6-kilometer section of Line 5 crosses the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac. After an Enbridge pipeline leaked about 79,500 gallons of crude oil into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan in 2010, the state formed a task force to examine the oil pipelines in the state, including Line 5.
I am disgusted with your vote, Andrea Pierce, who works with the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition and is a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, who oppose the project, told the commission.
Current Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, wants Line 5 closed for good.
The risk of a catastrophic oil spill in the Great Lakes is real, Whitmer said.
For its part, Enbridge, based in Calgary, Alberta, says the pipeline is safe and has ignored the closure deadline imposed by the governor. Democratic Justice Secretary Dana Nessel filed a state lawsuit in 2019 to overturn Enbridge's Straits easement. A federal appeals court considers whether the complaint falls within the jurisdiction of state or federal courts.
With information from Associated Press and Reuters