Michigan Governor and AG Threaten to Shutdown Enbridge’s Line 5

Michigan Governor and AG Threaten to Shutdown Enbridge’s Line 5

Michigan Governor and AG Threaten to Shutdown Enbridge’s Line 5

“I respect the Governor’s effort to find a swift and straightforward resolution to this issue, but if unsuccessful, I will use every resource available to our office to shut down Line 5 to protect our Great Lakes.” – Michigan’s Attorney General, Dana Nessel.

Michigan’s AG has now joined the state’s governor to threaten the Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac.

  • A month ago, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered a halt to the work on a tunnel beneath the Straits as part of the plan to replace a section of Line 5 after Nessel voiced her opinion that the bill that allowed the construction of the tunnel violated the state’s constitution because it went “beyond the scope of what was disclosed in its title.”
  • Enbridge says replacing the section of Line 5 is the only way to lower the risk of oil leaking into Lakes Huron and Michigan to nearly zero.
  • Line 5 carries about 23 million gallons of crude oil daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario.

Line 5 is 65-years-old, and in 2018, the Michigan Legislature approved a project that would rehab the old line and preserve the Great Lakes. This project was expected to take between seven and ten years to complete.

Opponents of the pipeline replacement argue that moving oil and natural gas under the Straits of Mackinac poses undue risk to the massive freshwater lakes that Michigan relies on, while proponents argue that replacing an aging line is better than doing nothing at all.

“We believe the tunnel project is the best way to protect the waters of the Great Lakes while ensuring families, manufacturers and other businesses safely receive the energy transported through Line 5,” said Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy. “We continue to provide information to the Governor’s office and to seek clarification from the Administration on a path forward for the tunnel project.”

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