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Protests in Lansing to call for removal of Enbridge's Line Five Pipeline

Posted at 11:04 AM, Jul 25, 2019

LANSING, Mich. — It's been nine years since one of the largest oil spills in U.S. history happened in Michigan.

A pipeline owned by Enbridge ruptured on July 25, 2010. The spill started in Talmadge Creek in Marshall Township and eventually spilled into the Kalamazoo River.

More than one million gallons of oil was spilled into the river and it cost more than $1 billion to clean up.

Several activists will be using the anniversary to come to Lansing and demand action on a controversial pipeline owned by the same company.

They want the state to reject Enbridge's proposed tunnel for Line Five under the Straits of Mackinac.

The group is planning to hold a press conference at Central United Methodist Church in Lansing at 10:00 a.m. Afterward, they'll go downtown Lansing to talk with lawmakers and to protest Enbridge.

Attorney General Dana Nessel has filed a lawsuit. She wants the pipeline shut down. The lawsuit is also asking to have an agreement made between Enbridge and former Governor Rick Snyder that would have built a replacement tunnel called off.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered the State DNR to do a full review of the agreement made in 1953 that allowed Enbridge to built Line Five.

She says she is willing to negotiate with Enbridge, after the company has said it would rather cut a deal than go to court.

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