Line 5 protests in Lansing
While a major protest was taking place in Mackinaw City, more than 100 Line 5 protesters gathered in Lansing on the State Capitol lawn before marching through downtown Lansing to deliver an eviction notice to a lobbying firm for Enbridge.
Like the group in Mackinaw, these protesters were behind Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to close the pipeline.
They admitted the decision would still be tried in court, but rejected claims that Enbridge did not have time to devise a contingency plan for a life without a pipeline.
“They have long known that this pipeline is a problem and that the state has audited it, so it is really insincere if you act like you are unprepared now,” said Mary Brady-Enerson of Clean Water Action. The governor also gave them 180 days. She made this announcement back in November, giving them ample time to find alternatives and what their solution would be. “
The group then marched back to the Capitol, where they delivered a letter of thanks to the governor.