What is Line 5? Why is it a threat?
Two oil and gas pipelines, known collectively as Line 5, run under the straits of Mackinac - the waterway connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
This 63 year old pipeline, owned by Enbridge, was projected to last 50 years. Current environmental laws would not permit it to be constructed today due to the risk posed to the Great Lakes. Yet every day, nearly 23 million gallons of oil flow through the 5 miles of pipeline just west of the Mackinac Bridge.
Please see the links below for more information about Line 5 and the dangers it poses:
Simulation of a Line 5 Oil Spill in the Great Lakes [University of Michigan]
Former MI Governor Milliken Encourages Alternatives to Line 5 [MLive]
Big Waves would Cripple Enbridge's Ability to Respond to Line 5 Leak, Experts Say [Michigan Radio]
The Problem with Line 5 [OilAndWaterDon'tMix.org]
Protect the Great Lakes, Shut Down Line 5! [FoodAndWaterWatch.org]
The Dirty Secret at the Bottom of the Great Lakes [Explicit Language] [Motherboard]