Line 5 was built in 1953 and engineered to be safe for 50 years. It’s now 65 years old, and yet still pumps 23 million gallons through the out-of-date pipeline daily.
Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns the aging pipeline, is already responsible for the largest land-based oil spill in US history and has had over 1,000 spills from 1999 to 2013, leaking 7.4 million gallons in total.
The oil company has consistently misinformed the State and the public about the true condition of Line 5 and has regularly failed to meet safety standards for the pipeline’s condition.
Recently, at the end his term, Governor Snyder has agreed to dig a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac to house Line 5. This plan is not a solution. It leaves a looming catastrophe in the water for another 5 to 10 years.
Is it worth the risk? Let’s not find out.
The next Governor can shut down Line 5.
The next Attorney General can shut down Line 5.
We, now, can shut down Line 5.
Who you vote for in the November election determines what happens to our water.