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Bernie Sanders Calls for Shutdown of Superior to Ontario Pipeline

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is calling for the shutdown of Enbridge's Line 5 oil pipeline. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is calling for the shutdown of Enbridge's Line 5 oil pipeline. |  Photo: U.S. Senate

Created: July 26, 2019 10:43 AM

DETROIT (AP) - Bernie Sanders has become the second Democratic presidential hopeful to call for shutting down an oil pipeline that crosses a channel linking two of the Great Lakes.

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The Vermont senator said in a tweet Thursday that Enbridge's Line 5 should be decommissioned and new fossil fuel infrastructure banned.

Line 5 carries oil and natural gas liquids from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario. It runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac connecting Lakes Huron and Michigan. It traverses large sections of northern Wisconsin and Michigan.

Sanders announced his position on the ninth anniversary of a rupture of another Enbridge pipeline that spilled 1 million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River.

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee also has endorsed a Line 5 shutdown ahead of Democratic presidential debates in Detroit next week.

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