Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan joins in opposition to Straits pipeline

mackinac-03Dozens of cities, counties and Native American tribes have spoken up in opposition of the oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, now a major Michigan church group is joining in.

The Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan signed a resolution this month calling on Governor Snyder to shut down Enbridge’s Line Five in the Straits.

Gary Street is a church member from Cheboygan county.  He helped the diocese draft the resolution. He says as more voices join in, the opposition gathers strength, ” With the faith community getting on board, along with other institutions, we really think it can, in the long run, make a difference.”

Street says it’s appropriate for the church to speak out against the pipeline, “the protection of the land, the water, the air is god-given to us and we should do everything we can to protect it.”

Street says the Eastern diocese is the second Episcopal dioceses, out of four in Michigan, to sign a resolution opposing Line Five.

In addition, more than 60 communities and eleven Native American tribal governments in the state have spoken out against Line Five.