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Line 5 turns 65 and activists want it retired

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Posted at 12:04 PM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 12:04:25-04

The controversial pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac officially turns 65 years old on Monday.

To commemorate, a group campaigning to stop the flow of oil in the line five pipeline will be holding what they are calling, retirement parties.

A coalition of organizations called "Oil and Water Don't Mix" are calling Monday, April 23, "Goodbye Line Five Day." The groups says line five is "65 and in poor health."

The event follows renewed calls for the pipeline to be shutdown after it was damaged earlier this month when a passing vessel dented it and caused the spill of toxic chemicals into the straits.

"Goodbye Line Five Day" is also about people gathering to organize a spring/summer 2018 citizens campaign and call on Gov. Rick Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette and 2018 political candidates to support permanently decommissioning Enbridge Line 5.

The Lansing gathering will be at the Sierra Club office at 109 E. Cesar Chavez Ave. at 6 PM.

The group does plan on live streaming the event from Traverse City on its Facebook page, starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday.