Sen. Peters holding public hearing in Traverse City about Line 5

    Sen Peters holding public hearing in Traverse City about Line 5.

    (WPBN/WGTU) -- U.S. Senator Gary Peters will be in Traverse City on Monday to holding a hearing about the future of the controversial Line 5.

    The hearing will focus on increasing prevention and preparedness in case the oil pipeline that runs underneath the Straits of Mackinac were to break, according to Peters.

    Peters is hosting a handful of experts on topics of hazardous materials safety, wildlife, pipelines, water and various others.

    The list of guests for the two panels include:

    Panel I:

    • The Honorable Howard Elliot, Administrator, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
    • Rear Admiral Joanna Nunan, Ninth District Commander, United States Coast Guard
    • Mr. Scott Lundgren, Emergency Response Division Chief, Office of Response and Restoration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    Panel II:

    • David Bryson, Senior VP Operations, Liquid Pipelines, Enbridge Inc.
    • Michael Shriberg, Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center
    • David Murk, Manager of Pipelines, Midstream and Industry Operations, American Petroleum Institute
    • Chris Hennessy, Business Development Representative, Michigan Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET)
    • Larry Bell, Founder and Owner, Bells Brewery

    The 65-year-old oil pipeline has come under scrutiny in recent years as water advocacy groups call for the pipeline to be shut down.

    One group protesting the continued use of the pipeline is Oil and Water Don't Mix, who state themselves as a group, "working to keep oil out of our Great Lakes by shutting down the dangerous Line 5 Pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac."

    David Holtz, spokesperson for Oil and Water Don't Mix, called the oversight on the pipeline fragmented and ineffective.

    With an Enbridge official being an attendance, Holtz is telling people not to trust what they have to say.

    In a press release Holtz said, "After 29 oil spills along its 645-mile route from Superior, WI, through Michigan, false claims about its condition and an overall track record in Michigan that includes $177 million in civil penalties, $1.3 billion in damages and more than 2.3 million gallons of spilled oil, Enbridge’s soothing words about Line 5 can’t be trusted."

    The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 20, at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City. If you can't make it to the meeting you can view the live stream on Peter's Facebook page.

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