Michigan residents strongly oppose pipelines under the Great Lakes at the Straits of Mackinac, according to a new EPIC-MRA poll released today by the National Wildlife Federation.
More than 6-in-10 residents, 63 percent, think that companies should not be allowed to operate pipelines that run under the Great Lakes, while only 22 percent support allowing these pipelines.
On the specifics of Enbridge Energy’s twin pipelines on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, known as Line 5, 66 percent of Michiganders believe that Enbridge should not transport oil under the Straits, while 27 percent believe that Line 5 should continue to operate. Majorities of both major political parties and independents believe that the company should “be required to use other pipelines that already exist that do not transport oil under the Lake Michigan.”
“Michiganders clearly want to protect the Great Lakes from a potential oil spill,” said Mike Shriberg, regional executive director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. “Our elected officials have the backing of Michiganders to take action to protect our communities, economy, wildlife and Great Lakes from an oil spill disaster.”
The poll was sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation and conducted by Michigan polling and research firm EPIC-MRA. The poll was conducted by telephone, March 19, 2016 through March 22, 2016, using landlines and cell phones. The sample size was 600 adults in Michigan. The margin of sampling error is ±4.0 percentage points.