Groups to discuss oil pipelines during Mackinac Bridge walk

Associated Press

Mackinaw City — Environmentalists will use the annual Mackinac Bridge walk to raise awareness about oil pipelines in the area and urge Gov. Rick Snyder to make sure they won’t leak into the Great Lakes.

Representatives of the “Oil and Water Don’t Mix” coalition say they’ll attend the Labor Day event to discuss two lines that run beneath the Straits of Mackinac, carrying about 23 million gallons of oil each day.

They are owned by Enbridge Energy Partners LP, which also owns a pipeline that ruptured in southwestern Michigan in 2010 and spilled oil into the Kalamazoo River.

The coalition will have a petition urging Snyder to protect the lakes from a spill from the lines.

Enbridge says they’re safe and has answered a lengthy list of questions about them from state agencies.