US and Canadian citizens call for new pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac

gr-38416-1-1A group of US and Canadian citizens is calling for the immediate replacement of an oil and gas pipeline running under the Straits of Mackinac.

The committee of advisors is appointed by Great Lakes governors to make recommendations to the bi-national Great Lakes Fishery Commission. They say the pipeline is aging and unsafe.

Marc Gaden is with the Fishery Commission. He says the group meets next in December. He says the group usually takes this type of advice seriously.

“The possibility of a rupture of that pipeline … presents the possibility of a catastrophic event in the Great Lakes that would have harm to the fishery,” said Gaden.

Enbridge Energy operates two parallel pipelines through the straits – built in 1953. A company spokesman says they are inspected regularly and monitored with computer sensors 24 hours a day. An Enbridge pipeline ruptured in 2010, causing a massive oil spill in the Kalamazoo River.