Straits of Mackinac
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Michigan environmental groups are frustrated with Ontario’s support for keeping an oil-and-gas pipeline running beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

The province’s Ministry of Energy sent Michigan a letter earlier this week. The ministry stressed the importance of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline to Ontario.

Environmental groups say this flies in the face of their efforts to shut down the pipeline. Line 5 carries crude oil and liquid natural gas under the Straits of Mackinac. Activists say it’s a massive environmental risk.

Michigan, Ontario negotiating waterways strategy

Jun 15, 2016

Michigan and the province of Ontario are negotiating a strategy to boost trade opportunities in the region.

The region’s automakers and suppliers are a big focus of the discussions, but Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Ontario Premier Kathleen Winn say there are also opportunities in tourism and agriculture.

Trade between Michigan and Ontario added up to $74 billion last year.

Snyder says the state and the province can leverage shared industries and regional water resources.