State Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine issued the following statement today following the recent damage to Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac:
“The reports this week of damage to Line 5 are deeply concerning. Even more concerning is the fact that Enbridge continues to pump oil through the damaged pipeline. Enbridge officials claim the structural integrity of the line remains intact, but a number of misleading reports issued in the past prove the company can’t be trusted.
“In my short time serving the people of the 106th House District there have been three serious issues: gaps in the pipeline’s protective coating, large spans with inadequate support, and now three dents. I tried to be patient and wait for the independent safety study that was promised last year, but that was botched and subsequently never released. Now we won’t have the information until June, almost a full year later. Enough is enough, my patience has run out.
“While I appreciate Governor Snyder’s call to speed up efforts to find a safer alternative to Line 5 that protects our Great Lakes, I feel this situation calls for a stronger and more immediate approach. Line 5 must be shut down immediately, and remain down until the state can complete a thorough inspection of its integrity. We must understand the full extent of the damage – not only at the point of contact, but also any portion of pipeline that could have been jolted and damaged by the impact – before Line 5 is allowed to resume operations.”