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LANSING – The Michigan League of Conservation Voters (Michigan LCV) today issued the following statement in response to a Detroit News article that reported building a tunnel to replace the 66-year-old Line 5 Pipeline remains an option Governor Gretchen Whitmer is considering.

“A Line 5 oil spill would devastate our Great Lakes, our economy and our Michigan way of life. Oil pipelines do not belong in the Great Lakes, and replacing the damaged, aging Line 5 with a tunnel will only continue to keep our Great Lakes at risk,” said Lisa Wozniak, executive director at the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

“Allowing oil to flow through the heart of our Great Lakes in any form is dangerous and unacceptable. The people of Michigan should not have to bear the massive risks just for a convenient pass-through for Canadian oil,” added Wozniak. “We urge the Governor to pursue alternative options to the tunnel as she has conversations with the oil company responsible for spilling over 1 million gallons of oil along the on-land portion of Line 5 since 1968.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Contact: Nick Dodge, Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications, (517) 333-1606