Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer botched timing in her attempt to shut down another petroleum pipeline since America is experiencing a significant petrol deficit.
The Democrat clarified in a Washington Post op-ed on Friday the Line 5 pipeline owned and operated by Enbridge Inc. has pumped crude oil through the cross-section of both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, the Straits of Mackinac, for 70 years. Whitmer described both 4.5 mile sections as a"ticking bomb"
"Oil and water do not mix -- especially when the latter involves the fantastic Lakes, the repository of over 20% of the world's fresh water," she writes.
"I'm taking every action I can to shut them down, to shield two Great Lakes and the jobs that depend on them"
Line 5, which is part of a network that moves crude oil and other petroleum products out of Western Canada, transports roughly 540,000 barrels per day.
But the recent Colonial Pipeline hack which closed down the entire 5,500-mile stretch caused a scramble in the gas pump, forcing prices to record highs and inducing significant shortages. According to reports, a Virginia gas station raised its routine gas prices to $7 per gallon.
Whitmer filed a lawsuit in November against Enbridge notifying that the state of Michigan would allow the pipeline 180 days to cap oil flow operations. The authorities threatened to"disgorge the business of profits unjustly earned" upon refusal to comply, to which Enbridge responded they will keep on pumping before a court orders them to stop.
"Running pipelines throughout the water of the Great Lakes is, and always was, a dangerous threat," Whitmer concluded. "I won't sit idle as this season bomb keeps ticking."