For Immediate Release --March 28th, 2019
Governor Whitmer: Take Urgent Action to Shut Down Line 5
Michigan governor stops work on oil tunnel following decision by attorney general
Lansing — Attorney General Dana Nessel today found that legislation known as Public Act 329—rammed through the lame duck session last year to clear the way for the construction of the Line 5 pipeline—violates the state constitution. Governor Whitmer, agreeing with the decision, immediately signed an executive directive to halt state agencies from moving forward with the Act.
“We’re grateful to Governor Whitmer for immediately halting the implementation of Public Act 329 to build a tunnel to replace the aging Line 5 pipeline,” said Jenya Polozova, Regional Organizer with Food & Water Watch. “We urge Governor Whitmer stick to her campaign promise and immediately and permanently decommission the Line 5 pipeline. The only way to protect the people of Michigan from a Line 5 rupture in the Straits of Mackinac, and the irreversible damage it would cause, is to shut down the pipeline for good.
The backroom deal that the Michigan legislature passed during the lame duck session reflects the cozy relationship Enbridge has enjoyed with the Michigan government up until now, despite the company’s inability to safely manage this Great Lakes pipeline that never should have been built in the first place.”
Line 5 is a 66-year-old oil pipeline running under the Straits of Mackinac. Food & Water Watch has worked with the the Oil & Water Don’t Mix coalition to shut down the dangerous structure in order to protect the Great Lakes and the drinking water of millions of people.
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