Michigan holding public meetings for input on Enbridge Line 5 decision
HOLT, Mich. (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) - Right now, the state of Michigan is holding public meetings to get your input on Enbridge's line five pipeline that runs underwater near the Mackinac Bridge.
The state is considering whether or not to force the company to de-commission the 64-year-old controversial pipeline.
When the petroleum pipeline task force opened the door to public comment, they were inundated with concern from resident across the state who want to see Enbridge's line 5 pipeline shut down.
"It scares me to death," said resident Mary MacLeod, of Whitehall.
MacLeod says her life would be turned upside down if Enbridge's pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac were to burst underwater.
"We are talking about something that's going to make global news if this pipe breaks," she said.
She says the pipeline needs to be decommissioned.
"I don't think that should be any question in anyone's mind because the risk is just too great. It's just a gamble," she said.
MacLeod drove two hours from the Muskegon area to be on the front lines of the intense debate.
"I'm afraid for my state," she said.
But supporters of the pipeline say there's nothing to be afraid of.
"It has a excellent track record. It's in near pristine condition," said Jeffrey Cook, the President of Southwestern Oil Company.
Cook says the oil that runs through line 5 is vital to Michigan's economy.
"Without this pipeline, Michigan ends up at the tail end of the supply line. That means not only are we likely to see price increases, but also any supply issues, we are going to be the ones first that are first effected," he said.
While Enbridge employees vouched for the integrity of the pipeline inside this high school auditorium, others were in tears.
"The lives of myself, my family, my friends, my neighbors, and our children, matter. It's really simple. Shut it down," one resident said.
If you'd like to see the recently published draft alternative analysis of Enbridge's line 5 pipeline, you can head to our website.