Mackinac Island Joins Citizens Group in Line 5 Fight

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Last week the City of Mackinac Island filed papers to join the challenge initiated last summer by the Straits of Mackinac Alliance against the MDEQ’s decision to issue permits to Enbridge for the installation of 22 anchor supports to prop up the aging Line 5 petroleum pipeline which lies under the waters of the Straits of Mackinac. Citing risks to its municipal water supply, potential interruption of ferry service supplying the Island, and the possibility of evacuation in the event of a Line 5 spill, the City has also filed a new challenge, together with the Straits of Mackinac Alliance, against MDEQ’s most recent issuance of permits for an additional 48 anchor supports. In both cases, the petitioners assert that the installation of dozens of anchor supports has transformed the design of Line 5, approximately three miles of which is now suspended above the lakebed, in violation of the Great Lakes Submerged Lands Act and other environmental laws.

Additional coverage of the City’s actions is here, here, and here.

Click to download the City’s filings.

Click to download the City’s press release.

 

 

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