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Enbridge Line 5 pipeline protesters gather in Lansing

Straits of Makinac, Mackinac Bridge photo
Carlos Osorio
Associated Press

Protesters met at the Michigan Capitol Thursday in opposition to Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline. The gathering takes place a day after a shutdown deadline ordered by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

‘Hey, hey, ho, ho, Line 5 has got to go. Hey, hey, ho, ho, Line 5 has got to go.’

Six months ago, Governor Gretchen Whitmer gave Enbridge Energy 180 days to stop transporting oil under the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge is defying that order, as Line 5 continues to operate.

Mary Brady Enerson is the executive director of Clean Water Action in Michigan.

She was among the dozens of protesters serving symbolic eviction notices to the lawyers and lobbyists of the Canadian oil transport company.

“Let everyone know that the people of Michigan don’t want this thing. Enbridge is trespassing. They aren’t trustworthy and we want them out of here.”

Officials at Enbridge don’t believe the governor has the power to shut down the pipeline. The company is challenging the order in federal court.

In Lansing, I’m Michelle Jokisch Polo.

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