Line 5 could see closure under new bill

Mackinac-01 (2)The state Department of Environmental Quality would gain the power to shut down the Line 5 pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac, under legislation recently introduced in Lansing.


The bill would require an independent risk analysis be performed within 120 days of the bill going into effect.

And if the risk was determined to be too great, the bill would give the Department of Environmental Quality the power to halt the flow of oil beneath the straits.

Republican State Senator Rick Jones is the bill’s primary sponsor.

“The Michigan constitution requires every legislature to protect our resources. The Great Lakes is our greatest resource. People can’t drink oil, this needs to be shut down.”

The bill is a bipartisan effort… Democratic State Senator Steve Bieda has also signed on as a sponsor.

Jones said the bill would also stop the building of any new pipelines below or above the Great Lakes.