The Great Lakes doomsday scenario pipeline


Oil Spill Impact Map from Enbridge Line 5 – Source:

If you thought the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota was bad, boy do we have a doozy of one for you here in Michigan. A 63-year old submerged twin pipeline (Enbridge #5), that was built with a 50-year lifespan carries approximately 23 million gallons of oil a day under the Straits of Mackinac! Yes, the Straits of Mackinac, that cherished five (5) mile wide water body that links the crystal clear, clean waters of Lake Michigan with Lake Huron.

Worse yet, even though a number of violations of the 1953 contract between the State of Michigan and Enbridge (pipeline owner and operator) have been identified, our un-illustrious leadership in Lansing has thus-far refused to shut it down. It is a monumental disaster of epic proportions just waiting to happen and our state leaders are dithering in Flint-style denial mode. Their paralysis threatens one of Earth’s most precious natural resources: one-fifth of its fresh water, when safer alternate routes are readily available.

unnamedIf this scares you as much as it does me and many others across this land, please consider joining the fight to Shut Down Pipeline #5. Here are links to a few of those organizations who are fighting the good fight against Big Oil.

You may also simply text the word “Enforce” (without quotes) to 231-480-4112 and sign a petition asking the State of Michigan to enforce its agreement with Enbridge. You will be asked for your name and email address.

Thank you! Peace.

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6 Responses to The Great Lakes doomsday scenario pipeline

  1. JUDITH says:

    63 year old pipeline with a 50 year lifespan in the Straits of Mackinaw needs to be shut down now!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Garfield Pauley says:

    They should have began replacing it at forty years as a safety margin.
    50 years life is at 63, is like some one who should live to 75 but is now 95 and there saying it’s all good don’t worry about it. Any day now!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Beverly Connor says:

    totally agree with the above 2 responses

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Joe says:

    Reality is that big oil does not care. They only care about profit. It would not be profitable to do preventative maintenance.

    Liked by 1 person

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