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A Rally for the Great Lakes! Enbridge Straits of Mackinac Pipelines Post Extreme Risk to Great Lakes
More than 400 people rallied on Sunday in St. Ignace, Mich., to urge the state’s public officials to protect the Great Lakes from a potential oil spill disaster. The National Wildlife Federation joined conservation, tribal and citizens organizations in asking for a 60-year-old pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac to be replaced. The pipeline, submerged in the waters where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet, pumps more than 20 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas fluids every day through pipelines operated by Enbridge Energy—the Canadian company responsible for the worst inland oil disaster in U.S. history.
This rally should be a wakeup call to our elected leaders that people are demanding a change in the way we view energy and energy consumption. Increasing the pressure on a 60 year old tar sands pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac, is nowhere near the direction our state, our region or the U.S. should be heading in. Our leaders need to demand Enbridge replace a 60 year old pipeline and ensure that Tar Sands will never run through our Great Lakes.