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Pipeline critics setting out to change minds in Michigan

A "water is life" protest sign.
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

For the next few months, environmentalists are traveling the length of an oil pipeline in Michigan. They hope to convince government officials to shut it down.

Shouting “Remember the Kalamazoo”, protesters made their position clear during a mock oil spill drill along the St. Clair River a few days ago. 

They want Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline to shut down. The pipeline snakes its way through Michigan, including crossing the Mackinac Straits.

“Pollution doesn’t know borders,” says Randy Emerson, with the Council of Canadians, “so what happens here can affect us.”

Volunteers plan to travel the length of Line 5 in hopes of convincing people living next to the pipeline to join their cause.

An Enbridge spokesman insists the pipeline is safe.

*Editor's note: In full disclosure, Enbridge Energy is a financial supporter of this station.

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