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Enbridge Line 5 is a pipeline that delivers crude oil to the Toledo Refining Company (TRC) and the BP-Husky Toledo Refinery in Toledo, Ohio. USW members from Locals 912 and 1-346 work at those facilities.

In recent years, a segment of Line 5 in Michigan which runs through the Straits of Mackinac has come under scrutiny because of its potential to cause a major environmental disaster should it rupture. If this line permanently shut down, BP-Husky could find another way to get crude, however, TRC would be devastated.

Enbridge, the owner of the pipeline, is currently in the permitting phase for the Great Lakes Tunnel Project. This project would remove Line 5 from the water and instead place it in a cement encased tunnel deep within the bedrock under the Straits; taking the potential for an environmental disaster down to a statistical zero, and doing so at no cost to the taxpayers.

However, as the tunnel project moves forward the fate of the existing line is in jeopardy. In November, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer filed to revoke the Line 5 easement granted by the state which allows Enbridge to operate the line. In response, Enbridge has filed a counter suit.

Now the fate of the line, and the jobs of the members at Local 912 rest in the outcome of these court cases.

It doesn’t have to be this way!


YOU can help support these siblings!

Visit for more information about USW Local 912, the issues surrounding Line 5 and to take action to save these jobs.

There you can watch our video and sign our petition asking Governor Whitmer to work with all stakeholders, particularly union workers, and the public to find an equitable solution to protect jobs, the economy, and the environment and urge her to allow Line 5 to continue operating until the proposed replacement tunnel project is able to be reviewed, permitted, and built.

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