Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Wants to Shut Down Enbridge Pipeline during Gas Shortage


Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of Michigan is confident in moving forward with the plan to shut down Enbridge Pipeline, although the records show that the nation is in the middle of a major gas shortage, Fox News informed.

In a Washington Post op-ed, Whitmer said that the Enbridge Inc. Line 5 pipeline has pumped crude oil from the Lake Huron and Lake Michigan cross-section called the Straits of Mackinac for over 70 years. She compared the two sections of the pipeline to a ticking time bomb.

Whitmer wrote that the Great Lakes which contain one fifth of the world’s fresh water are no exception to the rule that oil and water do not mix.

She also said that she will do everything in her power to protect the Great Lakes and all the jobs derive from them, and she is ready to shut the pipeline down.

The Line 5 is a pipeline that transfers around 540,000 barrels of crude oil and some other petroleum products per day from Western Canada. Whitmer acknowledged that there is a rupture of the Enbridge Line 6B in 2010 which was a wake up call for all that environmental dangers that may arise from oil spillage, and vowed to avoid a bigger disaster.

However, the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack that shut down 5,500 mile led to a steep increase of prices and caused number of shortages. Some reports inform that, a gas station in Virginia increased its regular prices to $7 per gallon.

The Michigan Governor has filed a lawsuit against Enbridge saying that the state would give the pipeline a 180 day timeframe in which it has to stop all flow operations. After the company refused to comply, Whitmer said that she will seek back all the profits that were unjustly earned.

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