The Great Lakes contain 20% of the Earth’s fresh surface water.
The Great Lakes contain 95% of the United States’ fresh surface water.
The Great Lakes provide drinking water to 40 million people.
Line 5 was built in 1953
Line 5 was built to last 50 years.
Line 5 is now 65 years old.
Line 5 transports approximately 23.5 million gallons or 540,000 barrels of oil every 24 hours (including synthetic crude, natural gas liquids, sweet crude, and light sour crude.)
Line 5 has already leaked more than 1 million gallons of oil inland.
Line 5 was struck by a tug boat anchor in April of 2018 damaging the line in 3 places
There is bipartisan recognition that the condition of Line 5 is beyond repair.*
Enbridge 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.*
In 2010 Enbridge caused one of the Nation’s largest inland oil spill in history.
Clean up of Enbridge Line 6B is still taking place.
Line 6B clean-up costs have exceeded $1 billion.
It took Enbridge 17 hours to shut down Line 6B.
The spill was not detected by Enbridge, but by a local utility man who smelled oil.
Line 5 and Line 6B share the same leak detection technology.
There have been 1,068 Enbridge spills across the entire Enbridge pipeline system, that have dumped 7.4 million gallons of oil into the environment between 1999 and 2013 - an average of 71 spills and 500,000 gallons per year.
US Senators Stabenow and Peters both agree that Line 5 should be decommissioned.
The Governor can shut down Line 5.
The Attorney General can shut down Line 5.
68 local governments throughout the state have signed resolutions to shut down Line 5.
Due to public pressure after Line 6b’s spill, the State of Michigan established the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force in 2014.
In 2015 the Task Force released its Report, and the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board was created to study Line 5 and commission two new reports: Risk Analysis and Alternatives Analysis.
Just weeks before the release of the Risk Analysis in late June 2017, the State scrapped their Independent Contractor, claiming a newfound conflict of interest.