Documentary spotlights Mackinac oil pipelines

Enbridge Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Two West Michigan natives recently produced a documentary for the clothing company Patagonia on Enbridge Energy’s controversial oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

The 62-year-old Line 5, which travels from Wisconsin through Michigan and onto Canada crossing pristine rivers, wetlands and lakes along its path — not to mention the five-mile underwater section through Lake Michigan.

The pipeline was only intended to last 50 years, yet Enbridge Energy, which is responsible for the largest inland oil spill in history in the Kalamazoo River near Marshall, insists there is nothing to worry about.

The filmmakers of “Great Lakes, Bad Lines” want state leaders to enforce the easement and immediately shut down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac to protect the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill.

Friday, the film’s director Colin McCarthy spoke with 24 Hour News 8 about their efforts. Above, watch Brian Sterling’s interview with McCarthy.

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