Environmental groups claim Great Lakes pipeline breaks the law

About two dozen environmental groups and tribes have sent a letter to Governor Rick Snyder and other Michigan officials claiming Enbridge Line 5 running through the Straits of Mackinac violates state and federal law.

They released the letter on Wednesday, following a press teleconference in which they allege the pipe also violates a state easement. They are now calling on state officials to cancel the 60-year-old easement allowing the Canadian company to pump 23 million gallons of oil daily through two pipes in the waters separating Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas.

State Attorney General’s office spokeswoman Andrea Bitely says the state is reviewing the information.

Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy says the company is in full compliance with state and federal regulations and easement requirements, and takes environmental protection “very seriously.”

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