In Michigan, there are two major tar sands pipelines, both run by the company Enbridge. These pipelines are a part of a larger plan to pump tar sands to the east coast for export.
Enbridge’s Line 6B is the pipeline that spilled in Kalamazoo in 2010 and has been recently expanded to double its capacity for tar sands oil transportation. This line runs through the southern part of Michigan and connects to lines in Canada and the east coast for oil export.
Line 5 runs through the northeast part of Michigan and under the Straits of Mackinac. Now over 60 years old, Enbridge is increasing the capacity of this pipeline to carry more tar sands oil without renovating or updating the line itself. This line is literally hanging in the Great Lakes, and estimates have shown a spill in this area would rival the size of the Exxon Valdez.
Enbridge’s Line 17 (and Line 79 expansion running alongside Line 17) jut off of Line 6B. These pipelines serve as conduits for the tar sands refineries in Toledo and Detroit. Two other pipelines have been leased by Enbridge from Wolverine Pipeline. These pipelines carry oil from Lines 17 and 79 directly to refineries in Toledo and Detroit.
MI CATS opposes all tar sands development and infrastructure expansion. Enbridge has shown time and time again that its sole concern is its own bottom line. Enbridge cannot be trusted. From the tar sands spill in 2010 that still soils the Kalamazoo River and community to the company’s hasty and sneaky construction of a Keystone XL sized pipeline network in the Midwest, Enbridge is a threat to communities and the ecological bases on which we all live.
We stand in steadfast solidarity with affected landowners, indigenous communities, and all those working for a more just and sustainable planet as we confront the tar sands profiteer Enbridge both in the state of Michigan and on this continent.