Episcopal Church Leaders Call for Enbridge Line 5 Shutdown

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan is calling on Gov. Rick Snyder to shut down oil transport through Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac unless the state can guarantee the controversial pipeline’s safety.

In a resolution Nov. 12 signed by Bishop Rayford J. Ray, the influential diocese, which represents Upper Peninsula, the church said protecting the integrity of creation and sustaining life guarantees the right of every human to safe, clean water. The resolution cited the threat of severe damage and loss from a Line 5 pipeline rupture as reasons for the governor to shut off the flow of oil through the Straits of Mackinac.

“This resolution sends a powerful message to the governor who has the authority to act now to protect the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill,” said Gary Street, a resident of Cheboygan County and church member who assisted the Diocese in drafting the resolution. “As people of faith we are stewards of God’s creation and Bishop Ray’s leadership on this issue is critically important.”

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan joins other organizations and more than 65 local communities in endorsing a shut down of Line 5 oil through the Straits. Other religious groups to endorse the Oil & Water Don’t Mix campaign to date include Central United Methodist Church, Church and Society of Detroit, IHM Sisters, Justice Peace Sustainability of Detroit, Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network .

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