Proposed Pipeline Rule Will Protect People, Wildlife from Aging Pipelines like Dangerous, Outdated Line 5

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (December 16, 2021) — A new proposed regulation from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration will help protect people, wildlife, and waterways from the threat of outdated and dangerous pipelines, like Line 5.

“This is a critical step and we thank Senator Peters for authoring this and PHMSA for ensuring this rule moves forward in an expedited way,” said Beth Wallace, Great Lakes campaign manager for the National Wildlife Federation. “The need for action became clear following Enbridge’s devastating oil spill in 2010, which exemplified the lack of pipeline safety measures within the Great Lakes and their tributaries. The aging pipelines in our basin are a risk to our water and way-of-life, including Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, which is nearly 70-years-old and in the open waters of Straits of Mackinac. We look forward to working with the agency to ensure the implementation of this rule is as strong as possible — the Great Lakes are a national treasure that provides critical drinking water for millions and critical wildlife habitat, and are an economic driver for the entire region.”

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