Michigan Attorney General Files Motion to Shut Down Line 5 Oil Pipeline

Ann Arbor, MICH. — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed motions today for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction related to Enbridge’s disclosure late last week of significant damage to an anchor support on the Line 5 pipeline that cuts across the Great Lakes at the Straits of Mackinac.

“The National Wildlife Federation supports the attorney general’s action, and we urge Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to use her authority to immediately shut down the risky Line 5 oil pipeline to protect our Great Lakes, drinking water, public health, jobs, and quality of life,” said Beth Wallace, freshwater campaigns manager for the National Wildlife Federation. “It’s time for Gov. Whitmer to stand up for the people and businesses of Michigan and to stop kowtowing to an oil pipeline operator that has already trashed the Kalamazoo River, racked up a track record of spills, accidents and explosions, refused to level with the public, and is now playing Russian roulette with the Great Lakes. Gov. Whitmer has a duty to protect our Great Lakes, and we urge her to act now without delay to stave off a potential oil spill catastrophe in the Great Lakes.”

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