2017-12-07 / Letters

Comment needed to close down Enbridge pipline

To the editor:

A regional public comment session on Enbridge’s Pipeline 5, the 64-year-old pipeline crossing the Straits and running between Burt and Mullet Lakes, will be held in Traverse City on Wednesday, December 13 at the Holiday Inn beginning at 6 p.m. Speakers will be allowed three minutes to make comments.

The position of “Oil and Water Don’t Mix” — a broad coalition of residents, organizations, local governments, Native American tribes and businesses – including the League of Women Voters Michigan, remains unchanged: the State must terminate the easement allowing Enbridge to use the lakebed for Line 5, whether above ground or through the newly proposed underground tunnel.

The agreement reached solely between Enbridge and Governor Snyder last week offers some protections, but it was made without consultation of the Governor’s own Pipeline Safety Advisory Board and before the scheduled public meetings. Bear in mind that Pipeline 5 occupies publicly owned waters and bottomlands. The threat of a catastrophic oil pipeline rupture to the Great Lakes is of tremendous controversy and has generated an extraordinary level of public engagement.

The voice of the people, and not backroom deals, should be determining the future of the Great Lakes and its protection for future generations. As ably noted by Eric Carlson in last week’s paper “Public participation at meetings is a good thing.”

Marian Kromkowski
President, League of Women
Voters Leelanau County
P.O. Box 519
Suttons Bay

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