During his opening remarks to the Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference, Governor Rick Snyder had to cede the floor to three people not invited to the party.
Mariah Urueta, 21, Al Smith, 51 and Lisa Leggio, 37 picked discarded conference badge straps out of the garbage. Security hadn’t detected them. Urueta graduated from Central Michigan University two weeks ago with a degree in political science with a focus on the environment.
“Pure Michigan isn’t pure,” they shouted from the conference hall of the Grand Hotel. They said “it’s time to decommission line 5.”
Line 5 transports oil underneath the Straits of Mackinac. It was built in 1953 and has leaked several times in the last couple years. Enbridge owns the line and has increased pressure through it by 10% since 2013.
Enbridge is the company responsible for the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill of 2010.
The three protesters today say they are from a group called Michigan/Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands.
See another group trying to call attention to the risk of crude oil spilling into Michigan waters. Oil and Water don’t mix.