Congressional candidate is concerned about an underwater pipeline

Congressional candidate is concerned about an underwater pipeline

ST. IGNACE — The current water situation in Flint has a candidate running for office concerned that something like that could happen to the Great Lakes.

Lon Johnson, a congressional candidate told ABC 10 that the Line 5 Pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac should undergo an independent inspection to ensure that it is safe. The pipeline that moves oil between the United States and Canada is more than 60-years-old.

“Lansing politicians have assured us that there’s nothing at risk with the Line 5 Pipeline just like they did with the water in Flint, said Johnson. “The truth is that we have a 63–year–old pipeline carrying a half a billion barrels of oil a day through the Mackinac Straits and it has not had an independent inspection. Enbridge, the owner of Line 5, is getting the profit, Canada gets its oil and Upper Michigan is getting most of the risk here.”

The Enbridge Pipeline, or Line 5 as its known, was originally constructed in 1953. Back in September, Governor Snyder announced the creation of the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board to protect the Mackinac Straits and the surrounding waters.