With your support, we can continue fighting to remove the environmental hazard of a 23-million-gallon-per-day oil pipeline submerged in the globally rare Straits of Mackinac.
LINE 5 ACTIVISM
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Line 5?
Line 5 is a nearly 70-year-old pipeline that carries crude oil and natural gas liquids and lies along the bottom of the Mackinac Straits. The pipeline, owned by Enbridge, shows signs of age and stress and is a constant threat to the globally rare Mackinac Straits, the Great Lakes, and the livelihood of thousands of Michigan families. Enbridge is North America’s largest transporter of petroleum products and is the owner-operator of the pipeline that burst in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River, causing one of the largest inland oil spills in the nation’s history.
Why isn't a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac the best solution?
Enbridge is proposing to build a tunnel beneath the Mackinac Straits bottomland to house the pipeline, but we remain opposed to this proposal for several reasons. One, the permitting and construction timeline will run several years and during that entire time, the nearly 70-year-old pipeline will continue to present a tremendous risk of an oil spill. The pipeline also involves approving a major oil infrastructure project at the very moment when scientists insist the world must take rapid action to decrease the use of fossil fuels for the sake of future generations and life as we know it. Also, Michiganders and their precious waters bear the risk of the pipeline, while essentially all of the profits and benefits go to Canada.
Why does Michigan have authority over an oil pipeline? Doesn’t the federal government oversee pipelines?
Doesn't Michigan depend on Line 5 for oil, and doesn’t the U.P. need Line 5 for propane?
How has Groundwork been involved in the Line 5 issue?
Groundwork was central to focusing attention on the environmental and economic risk posed by Line 5 and organized the first big protest gathering at the Mackinac Straits in 2013, with international environmental leader Bill McKibben. We have remained involved, helping form three influential advocate groups—Oil & Water Don’t Mix, Great Lakes Business Network, and Friends of Mackinac Bridge—authoring a widely quoted whitepaper “Canadian Profits, Michigan Risk,” organizing opposition in the Upper Peninsula and meeting with state legislators.
The Line 5 issue has become such a big issue for so many groups, what is the best way to get involved or learn more?
Citizens can get involved via Oil & Water Don’t Mix, an outstanding and engaged advocate network devoted to stopping the hazard posed by Line 5 oil pipeline. Business owners and leaders are joining Great Lakes Business Network to make a difference by affecting policy. Groundwork participates in both efforts.
WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW?
Line 5 Activism News
Business leaders and concerned citizens from across the political spectrum lobbied the Michigan Legislature on November 27 to convince them to halt the progress of the poorly conceived bill SB 1197 that would have the Mackinac Bridge Authority oversee an Enbridge oil tunnel in the Straits.
Gov. Snyder and Enbridge have hatched a hasty plan to rush a deal through the Michigan legislature that would force the Mackinac Bridge Authority to manage and own a crude oil tunnel for a private Canadia firm. Help stop this very bad idea.
Vice-chair of the Mackinac Bridge Authority explains why oversight of a crude oil tunnel in the Straits should never be the responsibility of the MBA.