Critic of straits pipeline on upcoming study, environmental concerns

Apr 7, 2016

Last year, the State of Michigan ordered a study of Enbridge Energy’s ‘Line 5,’ which carries up to 500,000 barrels of light crude and natural gas liquids daily under the Straits of Mackinac.  We talk with James Clift with the Michigan Environmental Council about the study and his concerns about Enbridge Energy's Line 5.

A University of Michigan study suggests a spill from Enbridge Energy's Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac could potentially threaten over 700 miles of shoreline.
Credit WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

How safe are the oil and gas pipelines running beneath the Mackinac Straits?

For more than 60 years, hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil and natural gas liquids have travelled through the lines daily without incident.

But environmentalists have dismissed Enbridge Energy’s claims that its lines pose little if any threat to water and wildlife.

They cite a University of Michigan study released last week that shows an oil spill there could potentially threaten over 700 miles of shoreline.

Current State’s Mark Bashore talks about Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 with James Clift, the policy director of the Michigan Environmental Council.