Get the truth about Line 5 and the damage an oil spill would cause by dispelling some common myths surrounding shutting down Line 5.

MYTH

This will leave the UP without much-needed propane.

FACT

U.P. residents will not lose access to propane. Line 5 only provides propane to roughly 12,000 homes and businesses in the UP and other propane sources and providers already exist. The UP Energy Task Force found several options other than Line 5 with comparable costs.

MYTH

Propane prices will skyrocket.

FACT

According to the most comprehensive study done to date, shutting down Line 5 might result in temporary price increases of not more than 5 cents/gallon- well within normal market price fluctuations.

MYTH

There is no solution in place to protect U.P. residents who rely on Line 5 propane.

FACT

The state is already implementing the administrative recommendations outlined in the U.P. Energy Task Force propane supply report AND the energy market adjusts quickly. There are several solutions that could be quickly developed and deployed, including:

  • Propane trucking from Superior, WI
  • Rail transport from Conway, KS or Edmonton, AB
  • Increased propane storage

MYTH

There will be 2,100 trucks crossing the Mackinac Bridge every day and trucks are more susceptible to spills.

FACT

This number reflects the full amount of product being moved through Line 5, not the much smaller amount that would be needed in Michigan. The amount of propane needed for Michigan would be roughly 3-4 truckloads per day or 1-2 train cars per day.

MYTH

Refineries in Ohio will be shut down if Line 5 is shut down.

FACT

PBF Refinery in Toledo asserts that they have no other source of petroleum and would have to shut down without Line 5 and they’d lose 1,000 jobs. However, in investor filings, PBF indicates that they are mainly supplied by 3 pipelines- Capline and Midvalley pipelines from the south, and Line 5 from the north. They also only employ 550 people so how they would lose 1,000 jobs is unclear.

MYTH

The Detroit airport will run out of jet fuel if Line 5 is shut down.

FACT

Based on numbers published by PBF, BP Husky and Marathon Refineries, Line 5 appears to supply only about 10% of the jet fuel at Detroit Metro Airport, not 40% as claimed by Ohio Gov. DeWine. Both Marathon and PBF have other crude oil sources, and other pipelines could provide feedstock to satisfy regional jet fuel needs. Alternatively, other nearby refineries in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio could make up this shortfall.

MYTH

Thousands of Michiganders depend on Line 5 for their jobs.

FACT

Enbridge only employs 116 employees and provisioned contractors in Michigan.

More jobs will be created by decommissioning and removing Line 5 (2,188 jobs) than by building a tunnel (1,763 jobs).

More than 1.3 million jobs regionally depend on the Great Lakes, creating $82 billion in annual wages.