MARSHALL, MI (WTVB) - Three years ago, few knew an oil pipeline ran through this part of Michigan. Then the pipe burst near Marshall, causing the worst domestic oil spill in United State history. Now they are rebuilding the pipeline and drawing protestors. Enbridge is spending $1.3 billion to replace the 6-b pipeline, which will allow it to carry more oil at higher pressure, and they say with greater safety.
Enbridge spokesman Jason Manshum says they have had to hire private security to keep protestors from disrupting construction. He says they are all for free speech, but when people decide to break the law and do an illegal activity that not only puts their safety in danger but also the firm’s employees and contractors on site along with first responders, it’s not appropriate behavior.
Enbridge is leaving the old line in the ground, and protestors fear that one day it will be reactivated.