In theory, more than 400 miles of shoreline in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Canada would be impacted by a potential oil spill from Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. The report was put together by a Michigan Tech University professor. Michigan Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Ed Golder spoke with Michigan News Network about the report.
“What we’ve said is that there really needs to be a strategy for decommissioning the line, and that strategy has to provide protection for the lakes, but at the same time, it really has to maintain those critical infrastructure connections between the state’s peninsulas that really make us one Michigan,” Golder said.
Golder says the potential “worst-case” scenario would cost two-billion dollars in clean-up. The study does not include the probability of a spill. It only considers a spill’s potential effect