Activists meet with Canadian official to discuss concerns about Line 5 pipeline

Activists have called on a Canadian consular official to close the Line 5 oil pipeline, citing environmental and Indigenous rights concerns.

Jon King reports for the Michigan Advance.


In short:

  • An international coalition presented a letter to a Canadian consular official, urging the revocation of a treaty that supports the operation of Line 5.
  • The pipeline, which traverses tribal lands, has been deemed trespassing by a court, with orders for partial closure by 2026.
  • Enbridge disputes these claims, citing a 1992 easement and arguing against treaty violations.

Key quote:

“It’s hypocritical and irrelevant for the Canadian government to invoke the 1977 treaty while ignoring the long standing treaties they have with First Nations.”

— Andrea Pierce, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians citizen

Why this matters:

Line 5, part of a network operated by Enbridge Inc., runs under the Straits of Mackinac, connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. This location is pivotal for its natural beauty and as a vital freshwater resource. Critics argue that any potential oil spill could devastate these waters, which are important for local ecosystems and the millions who rely on them for drinking water.

The pipeline also crosses areas significant to local Indigenous communities, who have raised alarms about the infringement of their sovereign rights and the risks to their lands.

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