Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline continues to face public scrutiny. The line sends oil and natural gas across sections Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas – and through the Mackinac Straits.
This public comment session comes on the heels of the release of a draft report on alternatives to the line. The end goal is to figure out what the state should do with the over 60 year old pipeline.
Several business groups and the owners of the pipeline say it can be run safely.
But Lisa Bashert of Ypsilanti isn’t convinced. Bashert says there’s no amount of acceptable risk when it comes to the water in the Great Lakes.
“What’s at stake is one-fifth of the world’s fresh water!”
Bashert says the government is failing to protect the interests of all Michiganders by keeping the pipeline open.