If Line 5 spills it would be catastrophic: local resident

DOMINION BAY—A Dominion Bay resident expressed his disappointment in the performance of the Canadian company Enbridge and its continuing struggles with the Line 5 pipeline operations.

In a letter to Bridge Michigan, dated June 23, Mike Wilton wrote, “as a Canadian myself, I am very disappointed in the ongoing poor performance of this Canadian company (Enbridge). I live on the south shore of the Manitoulin Island, situated in Ontario at the northern end of Lake Huron.”

“A spill from Line 5 could/would be disastrous for Manitoulin Island, as well as all other Lake Huron and Lake Michigan shoreline locations,” wrote Mr. Wilton. “This is truly an international potential catastrophe!” 

Mr. Wilton was responding to the news published by Michigan-based Bridge Magazine that an anchor support on the Line 5 pipeline sustained significant damage earlier this month. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has asked a judge to temporarily suspend the pipeline’s operations until it is determined what damaged an anchor support on one of the pipeline’s two legs. The Line 5 petroleum pipeline runs along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac. 

Ms. Nessel announced the request Monday evening, four days after Enbridge notified state officials that the anchor support had sustained significant damage and two days after Enbridge defied a request from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to shut down Line 5 until more is known about the incident, reported Bridge. Ms. Nessel asked Ingham County Circuit Judge James Jamo for a restraining order and preliminary injunction suspending the pipeline’s operations until the state can conduct a full review of the incident with the help of independent experts.

In a statement, Enbridge officials vowed to fight Ms. Nessel’s shutdown motions.