Protect the Great Lakes from an oil spill

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Every day 64-year-old pipelines push nearly 23 million gallons of oil through the heart of the Great Lakes. What if they ruptured?

These aging pipelines, called Line 5, are owned by Canadian company Enbridge and lie exposed in the water at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet. A spill here would be catastrophic for our our economy, health, drinking water, fisheries, and way of life. The only way to truly protect the Great Lakes from an oil spill is to shut down Line 5. 

Another Enbridge pipeline ruptured in Michigan in 2010 and spilled 1 million gallons of heavy crude oil into the Kalamazoo River. It was the largest land-based oil spill in U.S. history, and is took years to clean up. Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline through the Great Lakes is 15 years older than that one was when it ruptured.

Pipelines fail. These aging pipelines in the Great Lakes are not worth the risk. We need your help to prevent a disaster. 

Michigan’s year-long study of alternatives to Line 5 in the Straits has been released and the state is gathering public comment. Now is the time to submit your comment calling for the state to shut down the Enbridge Line 5 pipelines through the Straits of Mackinac.



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