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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

Representing the 12th District of Michigan

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Dingell Statement on Michigan-Enbridge Agreement to Safeguard Line 5

November 27, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the following statement on Governor Snyder’s agreement with Enbridge requiring the company to take immediate action to improve environmental protection for the Great Lakes, including replacing a portion of Line 5 and shutting the pipeline down during periods of adverse weather.

“This agreement is a beginning toward safeguarding the Great Lakes and protecting the drinking water that 40 million people rely upon. The Line 5 pipeline carries twenty-three million gallons of oil through the Straits of Mackinac every day. A spill in this area would be devastating for the Great Lakes ecosystem, economy and our way of life, and that is a risk we cannot afford to take. Enbridge has repeatedly failed to disclose potential vulnerabilities to this pipeline, and this agreement will help hold the company to account, ensure the public is informed and that critical safety standards are in place. While this is an important step, I continue to believe that if a comprehensive study of the pipelines finds Line 5 to be unsafe, it should be shut down.”