Michigan has a spotty history when it comes to enforcing laws that hurt big oil. Now it's time to see if Attorney General Schuette will step up to the plate and do what needs to be done to protect the Great Lakes.
Judy Matlock shares her view
The aspiring but unannounced 2018 gubernatorial candidate Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette appointed a Task Force to address the increasing public concern about Line 5, Enbridge’s pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. That was last year. Since then new voices and new media outlets have begun asking hard questions about a pipeline that is in the twilight of its years and has been either maintained or not, who knows, by the same company that kept patching rather than replacing the pipeline that ruptured and befouled the Kalamazoo River and adjacent lands in 2010. The cleanup is expected to continue for up to five more years.
On behalf of the people of Michigan Schuette, accepted a 75 million dollar settlement with Enbridge regarding the spill, an amount that is hardly punitive and may be inadequate to correct the ongoing pipeline situation.