Michigan groups renew push for removal of straits-area oil pipeline

Associated Press

The Detroit Regional Chamber's annual Mackinac Policy Conference gets underway Wednesday.

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — As Michigan business and political luminaries gather for a conference on Mackinac Island, environmentalists hope to draw attention to a nearby underwater oil pipeline they say should be removed.

The Detroit Regional Chamber's annual Mackinac Policy Conference gets underway Wednesday. More than 1,500 people regularly attend the event, including Gov. Rick Snyder, top legislators and Detroit-area leaders.

They'll be greeted by activists targeting an Enbridge Energy pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac. It was laid in 1953 and environmentalists fear it's wearing out.

Advocacy groups rallied in Mackinaw City on Tuesday and have scheduled a Wednesday news conference to release a report on the pipeline. They say an oil spill in the straits area would be a disaster.

Enbridge has said repeatedly the line is well-maintained and poses no threat.

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