Gov. Whitmer’s commitment to energy reliability and safeguarding the Great Lakes will make the aging Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline obsolete.
In light of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “What’s Next” address heading into the fall legislative session and the strong reforms her administration is pushing on energy and climate, Sean McBrearty, campaign coordinator for Oil & Water Don’t Mix, issued the following statement:
“Reducing our fossil fuel use and safeguarding the Great Lakes is absolutely the right message for Gov. Whitmer to be telling Michiganders and the Michigan Legislature. This solution, with her efforts to shut down the Enbridge Line 5 ticking time bomb, is a win-win that will prevent losses to Michigan’s tourism and shipping economy and reduce dirty fossil fuel pollution.
Fortunately, Michigan has a governor who is working to protect our Great Lakes for future generations, and now we need President Joe Biden to support the governor’s shutdown order for Line 5. - Sean McBrearty, Oil & Water Don't Mix Campaign Coordinator
“Keeping Line 5 operating 20 years past its intended lifespan is a poor excuse for delivering reliable energy to Michigan families. We need local, sustainable solutions to heat our homes and keep our lights on, which communities across the Upper Peninsula are already doing.
“Each and every day, an aging and deteriorating oil pipeline risks the drinking water of 40 million people in the United States and Canada. Fortunately, Michigan has a governor who is working to protect our Great Lakes for future generations, and now we need President Joe Biden to support the governor’s shutdown order for Line 5.”