I would certainly hope that whoever takes the next Presidential election that they take direct action on the 2 (TWO) large diameter dilbit flowlines that cross under the "Straits of Mackinac", here in up-state Michigan-
These lines were built during the Eisenhower Administration and are an accident just waiting to happen-just like the Enbridge line failure in 2010, following the company’s oil spill into the Kalamazoo River of Michigan- the nation’s largest ever land-based oil spill-
These Enbridge people are rolling the dice with the destruction of at least 2 of our Great Lakes which hold upwards of 75% of this Nations fresh surface water...
This bullshit has gone on far too long and every day the danger of Line Failure increases-
"Every day, nearly 23 million gallons of oil flow through two aging pipelines in the heart of the Great Lakes, just west of the Mackinac Bridge. Built in 1953 during the Eisenhower administration, the two 20-inch-in-diameter “Line 5” pipelines owned by Canadian company Enbridge, Inc., lie exposed in the water at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac.
Line 5 Beneath the Straits of Mackinac - Photo courtesy NWF
"Enbridge’s pipelines, which run about 1,000 feet apart at depths ranging from 100 - 270 feet, have laid on the bottom of the Straits for more than six decades. Enbridge installed several support structures under the pipelines in 2006 and again in 2010, following the company’s oil spill into the Kalamazoo River - the nation’s largest ever land-based oil spill. Enbridge officials have said that properly maintained pipelines can last indefinitely, but the company’s history of major spills in Michigan and across North America proves otherwise. Today, much of the oil flowing through the Line 5 pipelines is coming from Canada and taking a shortcut through Michigan and the Straits of Mackinac before crossing back into Canada near Port Huron".
*Thank YOU Bernie for making this pledge to stand in opposition to Enbridge!
Furthermore, it is only good ecological and business sense that Enbridge be required to Replace or decommission these 70+ year old "accidents waiting to go to failure" before even considering allowing Enbridge to continue their corrosive and destructive dilbit oil delivery system which destroyed the Kalamazoo River beyond repair-