Enbridge and NWF respond to MI Attorney General’s statement about closure of Line 5

Enbridge and NWF respond to MI Attorney General’s statement about closure of Line 5
June 29, 2017 Mary Ellen Geist
Photo courtesy of Will Fields via Wikimedia

GreatLakesNow.org has just received responses from Enbridge and from The National Wildlife Federation to a new study on alternatives for Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, and to today’s statement from Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette calling for the development of a “specific and definite timetable” to close  Line 5.

Here is Enbridge’s response from their spokesperson, Ryan Duffy:

“ Enbridge remains committed to protecting the Great Lakes and meeting the energy needs of Michigan through the safe operation of Line 5. We have never wavered from that commitment. That’s our focus, day in, day out.We have supported the process the State of Michigan has put in place regarding the studies. It is important that this process remain independent and without any conflict of interest so that the public can have confidence in and trust the results. We appreciate the work of the independent contractor on the alternative analysis.

We will need some time to thoroughly review and assess the findings before providing specific comments.”

Ryan Duffy

7701 France Avenue South, Suite 600, Edina, MN 55435
Integrity. Safety. Respect.

Here is the National Wildlife Federation’s response from Great Lakes regional executive director Mike Shriberg:

“Thank you to Attorney General Schuette for repeating his assertion that Line 5 should be decommissioned. The Mackinac Straits oil pipeline poses an unreasonable and existential risk to the Great Lakes, and clearly cannot operate forever.  In fact, we now have the evidence needed for the Attorney General to act on his assertion and begin the process to decommission Line 5.”

Mike Shriberg, Ph.D.

Great Lakes Regional Executive Director
National Wildlife Federation
Uniting all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in a rapidly changing world

Michigan’s attorney general Bill Schuette is calling for the closure of Line 5,  more information about this new development can be found at the Detroit Free Press website.


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