New documentary airing on DPTV looks at all sides of Enbridge Line 5 debate

Apr 25, 2018

DPTV's documentary presents the debate surrounding Enbridge's Line 5, an oil pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac.
Credit Detroit Public Television

The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines have made national headlines, but could Enbridge's Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac pose the biggest environmental risk of all?

That's the question posed by a documentary airing tonight on Detroit Public Television.

It's called "Beneath the Surface: The Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes."

Mary Ellen Geist, producer of “Beneath the Surface” and Great Lakes Bureau Chief at DPTV, joined Stateside to discuss her goals in producing the documentary. She also talked about Governor Snyder’s controversial tunneling idea, the importance of viewing underwater footage of the pipeline, and the history of its construction.

Listen above.

The documentary debuts tonight on DPTV at 10 p.m. with a special roundtable discussion on the future of Line 5 at 10:30 p.m. The film is also available to stream at greatlakesnow.org. Enbridge Energy is a Michigan Radio corporate sponsor.

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