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Write a Letter to the EditorGovernor Snyder and Attorney General Schuette must act on their legal duty as public trustees to immediately shut down the oil flowing through the aging Enbridge Line 5 pipeline in the Mackinac Straits just west of the Mackinac Bridge.

Michigan’s top elected officials should act with urgency to prevent a catastrophic oil spill and protect the Great Lakes and our state’s interests, including local businesses, the “Pure Michigan” economy, commercial shipping, a vital fishery, and the drinking water supply for local communities including St. Ignace and Mackinac Island.

Schuette acknowledges that Line 5 is a relic that would never be approved by today’s standards. In fact, Enbridge admitted that 62-year-old Line 5 in the Mackinac Straits is past its life expectancy, and that a best-case cleanup of a worst-cast oil spill would recover only 30 percent of the oil spilled.

Bottom line: Oil pipelines simply don’t belong in the Great Lakes. It’s time to Shut Down Line 5!

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  • endorsed 2016-11-12 19:30:43 -0500
    Set to the Purple Walrus Press


    I’m very concerned that the decaying Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline here in Michigan is not getting enough attention. Attorney General Schuette admitted the pipeline would not be approved by current standards. Cleaning up an oil spill from this out-dated line would be a nightmare. Enbrige might sound familiar to you; another Enbridge pipeline spilled in Kalamazoo in 2010 and impacted about 25 miles of shoreline. An oil spill in the Great Lakes would be devastating to all sorts of people, including tourism and drinking water. This 62-year-old pipeline needs to be shut down! If you agree, sign this petition: http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/enforce_the_easement (information from oilandwaterdontmix.org)


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    I’m very concerned that the decaying Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline here in Michigan is not getting enough attention. Michigan’s top elected officials should act with urgency to prevent a catastrophic oil spill and protect the Great Lakes and our state’s interests, including local businesses, the “Pure Michigan” economy, commercial shipping, a vital fishery, and the drinking water supply for local communities including St. Ignace and Mackinac Island. Attorney General Schuette acknowledges that Line 5 is a relic that would never be approved by today’s standards. In fact, Enbridge admitted that 62-year-old Line 5 in the Mackinac Straits is past its life expectancy, and that a best-case cleanup of a worst-case oil spill would recover only 30 percent of the oil spilled.

    Bottom line: Oil pipelines simply don’t belong in the Great Lakes. It’s time to Shut Down Line 5! If you agree, sign this petition: http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/enforce_the_easement"><a href=“”http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/enforce_the_easement">http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/enforce_the_easement">http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/enforce_the_easement (information from oilandwaterdontmix.org

    Thank you,

    Lily Ellis
  • endorsed 2016-02-03 09:37:31 -0500
    Dear Editor:


    The Daily Press

    600 Ludington St.

    Escanaba, MI 49829


    Imagine one day visiting Aronson Island for a picnic and discovering a slick of oil covering Lake Michigan’s surface, the beach and shoreline. Though we live over one hundred miles from Enbridge Co’s. Line 5, there are many Michigan residents who, like us could experience such a disaster. Line 5 is not required to keep Michigan supplied with oil as land based lines through Wisconsin could fill the need.


    Governor Snyder and Attorney General Schuette must act on their legal duty as public trustees to immediately shut down the oil flowing through the aging Enbridge Line 5 pipeline in the Mackinac Straits just west of the Mackinac Bridge to prevent a catastrophic oil spill and protect the Great Lakes and our state’s interests, including local businesses, the “Pure Michigan” economy, commercial shipping, a vital fishery, and the drinking water supply for local communities including St. Ignace and Mackinac Island.


    Schuette acknowledges that Line 5 is a relic that would never be approved by today’s standards. In fact, Enbridge admitted that 62-year-old Line 5 in the Mackinac Straits is past its life expectancy, and that a best-case cleanup of a worst-cast oil spill would recover only 30 percent of the oil spilled.


    Every day, nearly 23 million gallons of oil flow through two aging pipelines in the heart of the Great Lakes, just west of the Mackinac Bridge. Built in 1953 during the Eisenhower administration, the two 20-inch-in-diameter “Line 5” pipelines owned by Canadian company Enbridge, Inc., lie exposed in the water at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac.


    The pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac cross one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the world. The Great Lakes are home to 20 percent of the fresh surface water on the planet. The pristine Straits area supports bountiful fisheries, provides drinking water to thousands of people, and anchors a thriving tourism industry with historic and beautiful Mackinac Island right in the center of it all. This area is the definition of Pure Michigan.


    On July 10, 2014, the National Wildlife Federation released an important new computer simulation that demonstrates clearly what could happen if there were an oil spill at the Mackinac Straits. The video simulation, produced by researchers at the University of Michigan, shows how devastating an oil spill beneath the Straits of Mackinac would be for the Great Lakes, wildlife, and area communities. The animation shows that if a major oil spill occurs, oil could reach popular tourist destinations like Mackinac Island, blanket 50 miles of Lake Huron shoreline, and reach Lake Michigan landmarks such as Beaver Island.


    “If you were to pick the worst possible place for an oil spill in the Great Lakes, this would be it,” said David Schwab, Ph.D., research scientist at the University of Michigan Water Center, one of the foremost experts on Great Lakes water currents, and creator of the animation. “The currents are powerful and change directions frequently. In the event of an oil spill, these factors would lead to a big mess that would be very difficult to contain.”


    Please urge our elected officials to call for the shutting down of Line 5 before it is too late. For more information, see: www.oilandwaterdontmix.org.


    Gregg Bruff

    620 S., 8th St.

    Escanaba, MI 49829

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