Line 5 pipeline could cause damage

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Line 5 pipeline between the United State and Canada could cause devastating damage to Great Lakes.

Line 5 pipeline between the United State and Canada could cause devastating damage to Great Lakes. An aging pipeline carries oil the bottom of Stratis of Mackinac. It is where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet. In fact, it is an ecologically sensitive and turbulent place and is in a state of disrepair. According to experts, it could burst at any moment. Environmentalists warn that it could cause catastrophic damage to the Great Lakes.

Enbridge owns the Line 5, a 1,000 kilometre-long pipeline. It carries up to 540,000 barrels of oil and natural gas liquis a day from Wisconsin to Sarnia, Ont. It is a center of a dispute between Micigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Canadian officials, such as Ontario Premier Doug Ford. Whitmer calls for it to shut down, while Ford sides with Enbridge and insists it’s safe to keep operating.

“Over the past year, I have both written and spoken to the Governor to express my disappointment and stress the importance of Line 5 in ensuring economic, environmental and energy security to the entire Great Lakes Region,” Ford stated. “Our government believes pipelines are a safe way to transport essential fuels across the Great Lakes, operating in accordance with the highest pipeline safety standards.”

However, Michelle Woodhouse who manager water program at Environmental Defence, stated it is time to put politics aside. According to her, line 5 pipeline could cause damage and it and they cannot gamble.

Line 5’s intended lifespan was 50 years, until 2003. However, it is still running eight years later. “This is a very old, deteriorating, dangerous pipeline that has already leaked significant amounts of oil into the surrounding lands and water that it crosses through,” said Woodhouse. Line 5 has leaked 29 times since 1953, spilling 4.5 million litres of oil.

Line 5 pipeline between the United States and Canada could cause devastating damage to Great Lakes. An aging pipeline carries oil to the bottom of Stratis of Mackinac. It is where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet. It is an ecologically sensitive and turbulent place and is in a state of disrepair. According to experts, it could burst at any moment. Environmentalists warn that it could cause catastrophic damage to the Great Lakes.

Enbridge owns Line 5, a 1,000 kilometer-long pipeline. It carries up to 540,000 barrels of oil and natural gas liquids a day from Wisconsin to Sarnia, Ont. It is a center of a dispute between Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Canadian officials, such as Ontario Premier Doug Ford. Whitmer calls for it to shut down, while Ford sides with Enbridge and insists it’s safe to keep operating.

“Over the past year, I have both written and spoken to the Governor to express my disappointment and stress the importance of Line 5 in ensuring economic, environmental, and energy security to the entire Great Lakes Region,” Ford stated. “Our government believes pipelines are a safe way to transport essential fuels across the Great Lakes, operating in accordance with the highest pipeline safety standards.”

However, Michelle Woodhouse, who manages the water program at Environmental Defence, stated it is time to put politics aside. According to her, the Line 5 pipeline could cause damage, and they cannot gamble.

Line 5’s intended lifespan was 50 years, until 2003. However, it is still running eight years later. “This is a very old, deteriorating, dangerous pipeline that has already leaked significant amounts of oil into the surrounding lands and water that it crosses through,” said Woodhouse. Line 5 has leaked 29 times since 1953, spilling 4.5 million liters of oil.

Line 5’s intended lifespan was 50 years, until 2003. However, it is still running eight years later. “This is a very old, deteriorating, dangerous pipeline that has already leaked significant amounts of oil into the surrounding lands and water that it crosses through,” said Woodhouse. Line 5 has leaked 29 times since 1953, spilling 4.5 million litres of oil.