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Dozens voice concerns about Line 5 pipeline

Dozens voice concerns about Line 5 Pipeline

Results from the first portion of Enbridge's hydro-test on the Line 5 pipeline were released Monday morning.

That was one topic at the quarterly meeting for the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board Monday afternoon.

There, board members also heard from dozens of community members about concerns over Line 5 during a public comment session.

Line 5 carries crude oil and propane under the Mackinac Straits.

It's become a topic of controversy and concern after the EPA says a different Enbridge line leaked about 20,000 barrels of oil into the water near Marshall in 2010.

Many fear the same could happen in northern Michigan.

"Who here believes that the Great Lakes are an appropriate location for the transport of crude oil?" asked Deb Hansen, a member of the Concerned Citizens of Cheboygan and Emmet County.

On June 10, Enbridge safely complete the hydro-test on the west segment of Line 5. Enbridge leaders say the results reveal that that section is fit for service.

"A successful test shows that all of the work we've been doing on the line to maintain it and the inspection work, that that's all been successful," said Ryan Duffy, a spokesperson for Enbridge.

Still, many worry that if Line 5 were to rupture, the impact would be detrimental.

It's a risk they say shouldn't be taken.

"The fact that must be constantly kept in mind is that an intact healthy environment is needed to support life," said Dale Giddings of the Straits Area Audubon Society.

"If you kill all that makes and sustains life, what will be left to pass to the future?" asked 9-year-old Melody Jesiek of Petoskey. "We will never stop fighting to save our home, to save our futures."

Enbridge expects to have the full results of the hydro-test in about two weeks.

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