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New poll says most Michigan voters want Line 5 shut down

A diver inspects Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac for a possible dent.
Enbridge inspection video shared with the state of Michigan
A diver inspects Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac for a possible dent.

UPDATED 5/25/18 at 2:13 pm.

A new poll by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA poll found 54% of Michigan voters want the Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac to be shut down.

It also found that 87% of voters said they are concerned that the 65-year-old pipeline could have oil spill in Northern Michigan, while 64% said they are "very concerned."

Enbridge Energy, which is a corporate sponsor of Michigan Radio, owns and maintains Line 5.

A company spokesperson declined an interview request. But in a written statement, the company discredits the merit of the poll.

“The statements and questions used in this NWF survey contain inaccurate and misleading information. Therefore the survey results are not credible. Line 5 plays a vital role in the safe, reliable delivery of the energy that fuels our everyday lives here in Michigan,” the statement read.

When asked what in the poll was inacurate or misleading, Enbridge sent a second written statement:

"It’s clear from the language of the statement and question it is pushing people toward an answer. And there are no missing structural supports. There are no spans between supports longer than 75 feet, we are in full compliance with our easement agreement."

You can judge for yourself by taking a look at the exact wording of the poll here.

Mike Shriberg of the National Wildlife Federation disagrees with Enbridge's claim that they are not missing any supports on Line 5. 

"Enbridge cannot credibly claim that it needs to install additional supports (70 total) while simultaneously claiming that Line 5 is fully supported," Shriberg said. "If those supports are as necessary as Enbridge claims and they haven’t been installed yet, then they are currently missing."

Bryce Huffman was Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Reporter and host of Same Same Different. He is currently a reporter for Bridge Detroit.
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