Line 5 protests backdrop to Mackinac Island conference

May 30, 2018

Environmental groups are using a large gathering of Michigan’s political and business leaders on Mackinac Island to pressure the state to shut down Enbridge Energy’s Line 5.

Protesters were at the ferry docks to greet attendees of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac conference.

Jim Lively is with a northern Michigan environmental group. He says the line under the straits serves as a shortcut for moving fuel between points in Canada with little benefit to Michigan.

“We don’t need a pipeline crossing at the straits. We don’t need that oil that’s Canadian oil.”

Lively says alternatives can be found to deliver propane to the Upper Peninsula and oil to points in lower Michigan.

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s waiting on a pair of studies on the dangers posed by Line 5 and possible alternatives. Those reports are expected in July.