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Line 5 demonstrators call for 'eviction notice' on Enbridge

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Audrey Gerard
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Michigan United
Demonstrators gather during the morning hours at the Straits of Mackinac on Wednesday.

Last November, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Enbridge Energy to shut down Line 5 by Wednesday.

But the Canadian energy company says that won't happen, arguing the Michigan governor is overstepping her bounds.

As a result, some protests and demonstrations are taking place near the Straits of Mackinac Wednesday and Thursday, in support of the shutdown order.

Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers are frustrated over Whitmer's shutdown order, saying it's just another political stunt by the governor and ignores the region's energy needs.

Max came to IPR in 2017 as an environmental intern. In 2018, he returned to the station as a reporter and quickly took on leadership roles as Interim News Director and eventually Assignment Editor. Before joining IPR, Max worked as a news director and reporter at Michigan State University's student radio station WDBM. In 2018, he reported on a Title IX dispute with MSU in his story "Prompt, Thorough and Impartial." His work has also been heard on Michigan Radio, WDBM and WKAR in East Lansing and NPR.
Patrick Shea is an environmental reporter at Interlochen Public Radio. Before joining IPR, he worked a variety of jobs in conservation, forestry, prescribed fire and trail work. He earned a degree in natural resources from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, and his interest in reporting grew as he studied environmental journalism at the University of Montana's graduate school.