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Line 5 Fast Facts

  • Every Day Line 5 carries up to 22.6 million gallons of oil under the water in the Straits of Mackinac next to the Mackinac Bridge through 2 pipelines. The flow of water in the Straits is 10 times greater than the Niagra Falls - AND the water reverses direction every few days which is why it is the "worst place in the Great Lakes" to transport oil.
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  • Operated by Enbridge, the same company responsible for the 2 largest inland oil spills in U.S - including the one which resulted in 35 miles of Kalamazoo River being closed for 2 years.
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  • Built in 1953, Line 5 is 65 years old already which is 25 years older than the oil pipeline that broke & spoiled the Kalamazoo River.
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  • Coast Guard estimates that best case of oil recovery from a Line 5 spill in the Straits is 30 % clean up - this assumes daylight, waves under 3 feet, no ice, and they move all their equipment to be ready (it's not).
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  • There’ve been 29 documented spills already. On April 2, 2018, an accidental anchor drop ruptured 2 electrical lines close to Line 5 and spilled at least 600 gallons of coolant oil in those lines. As of April 16, 2018, an estimated 300 gallons was recovered.
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  • The Alternative Analysis Report given on July 6, 2017 states the top primary threat is an anchor drop. Newer nautical maps do not show the location of the two pipelines due to national security (though you can see the outlines of them on Google earth) which means our risk increases every day. Incorrect operations and spanning-related threats (vortex induced vibration and overstrain) round out the top 3 primary threats.
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  • If a spill happens, all of Michigan jobs will be effected as loss from tourism revenue impacts everyone. 
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  • Either Governor Snyder or Attorney General Schuette could end our risk today!

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