Points North, Ep. 40: U.P.’s relationship with Line 5 propane is complicated

Dec 13, 2019

This week on Points North, we examine propane needs in the Upper Peninsula. Do yoopers need Line 5 for propane, or would they survive without the pipelines?


'We could get by' — U.P. considers alternatives to Line 5 propane
James Ball of Rapid River points to the pellet stove he had installed after a propane shortage scare one winter.
Credit Kaye LaFond / Interlochen Public Radio

Tribal nations, Michigan’s governor and environmental groups are all calling for a shutdown of Line 5: the pipeline that carries oil underneath the Straits of Mackinac.

They say the pipeline, which is 60-plus years old, poses too great a risk of rupturing. The pipeline doesn’t just carry oil — its liquid mix includes propane that is delivered to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. So, what would happen to U.P. households using propane if Line 5 shut down?  

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Enbridge private security kept tabs on anti-Line 5 movement; emailed updates to local police
Water protectors gather in kayaks for a yearly protest of Enbridge's Line 5, the oil pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge hired private security to keep track of water protectors this summer.
Credit Kaye LaFond / Interlochen Public Radio

Interlochen Public Radio has obtained emails between a private security contractor working for Enbridge Energy and several law enforcement agencies near the Straits of Mackinac.

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