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Line 5 Oil Pipeline Has Had 29 Known Spills


The Enbridge Energy Line 5 Oil Pipeline — which runs through Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas, crossing under the Straits of Mackinac — is in hot water yet again. The National Wildlife Federation recently released records of spills, ruptures, and equipment failures along Line 5, revealing that the system has experienced at least 29 spills, which have released more than 1 million gallons of oil and natural gas liquids. This is nearly double the number previously believed to have occurred.

National Wildlife Federation’s new interactive map allows the public to better understand where and what has been spilled from Enbridge Energy’s pipeline system, the repair methods that have been used, and how leaks and defects are being discovered.

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Photo Courtesy of National Wildlife Foundation


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