Don’t continue to support fossil fuel interests

To the editor:
There are two pipelines carrying oil across the Strait of Mackinac. These pipes are 63 years old. They are covered with some kind of crust. Supports are broken in some places. If one should spring a leak the water of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron would be polluted for a long time. If this occurred in the winter the cleanup would be almost impossible.
Fresh water is more valuable than oil now. There are other pipes that could transport this oil. At the state level Governor Snyder of Michigan and at the national level congressman Fred Upton have put our water supply, our environment, and our reputation as a tourist destination at risk by not addressing the problem.
At a time when renewable energy should be our goal we should not continue to support fossil fuel interests that threaten our lives. Enbridge Energy Partners, the owner of the pipeline, whose record on oil leaks is not good, is not concerned about Michigan but only about the bottom line.
 

Thomas Rea
Edwardsburg

 

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