Protesters demand the Line 5 Pipeline be shut down

Published: Mar. 13, 2017 at 3:34 PM EDT
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Many people are worried about the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline.

"My Indian name is 'Pagizzo' and it means the one who is swimming so that makes the water and the fish my friends," explains an excited young boy named Riley, who has oil spread over his body.

He and his grandfather covered themselves with oil for their public comment at the Michigan pipeline safety advisory board meeting on Monday.

"They say a picture's worth a thousand words," describes Fred Harrington, Riley's grandfather. "It's really difficult to think into the future and see what our wildlife will look like if that pipeline breaks. I can only imagine that our fish will look like this," as he gestures to his grandson and himself. "They'll be dying, laying up on the beach."

Harrington remembers when he was a kid, being able to drink the water as he hiked with his father. He thinks if the pipeline breaks, it will pollute the fresh water sources that make Michigan what it is.

But Enbridge says that won't happen. In a presentation at the board meeting, a representative said the pipeline was just as strong as it was when it was built 63 years ago.

To be sure, they say there will be water tests on the pipeline to show it's still in good shape in 2017.

But Harrington is one of many that doesn't want to run the risk:

"The ecological disaster that we'll have when it breaks is unfathomable to me, it scares me to death, I just cannot imagine why we would allow it to continue."

He hopes his comments will urge the board to tell the governor to stop the pipeline.

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