Michigan Governor Whitmer seeks to shut down Enbridge pipeline during national gas shortage


Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has botched the timing in her attempt to shut down another pipeline as America suffers a severe gas shortage.

The Democrat explained in a Washington Post editorial on Friday that the Line 5 pipeline owned and operated by Enbridge Inc. pumped crude oil through the Lake Michigan-Lake Huron cross section, the Straits of Mackinac, during 70 years. Whitmer described the two 4.5 mile sections as a “time bomb”.

“Oil and water don’t mix – especially when the latter is on the Great Lakes, the reservoir of over 20 percent of the world’s fresh water,” she writes.

“I am taking whatever steps I can to shut them down, to protect two Great Lakes and the jobs that depend on them.”

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Line 5, part of a transportation system for crude oil and other petroleum products in Western Canada, transports approximately 540,000 barrels per day. Whitmer mentioned the rupture of Line 6B of the Enbridge pipeline in 2010, which alerted the country to the dangers of oil spills – a disaster she is trying to avoid.

But the recent Colonial Pipeline hack that shut down the entire 5,500-mile stretch caused a rush at the gas pump, pushing prices to record highs and causing severe shortages. According to reports, a Virginia gas station has increased its regular gasoline prices to $ 7 per gallon.

Whitmer filed a lawsuit in November against Enbridge, noting that the state of Michigan would give the pipeline 180 days to cap oil flow operations. The governor threatened to “release the company from all profits unfairly earned” by refusing to comply, to which Enbridge responded that they would continue to pump until a court ordered them to stop.

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“Running pipelines through the waters of the Great Lakes is, and always has been, a dangerous threat,” Whitmer concluded. “I will not stand idly by as this time bomb keeps spinning.”

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