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Michigan AG Nessel Issues Statement on National Transportation Safety Board's Report on the Line 5 Anchor Strike

LANSING – Attorney General Dana Nessel made the following comment today regarding the recent release of the National Transportation Safety Board’s report on the Line 5 anchor strike:

“The National Transportation Safety Board’s newly released investigative report into the Line 5 anchor strike last year reinforces what we already know: It is incredibly dangerous for Line 5 to continue operating in the Straits.  And even though Governor Whitmer has taken action to prevent anchor drops in the Straits, the 2018 incident was an accident that even the boat’s captain was unaware of. All of the enforcement mechanisms in the world won’t prevent a tragedy from an unintended, accidental anchor strike. We are prepared to take legal action to decommission Line 5 as quickly as possible to protect the fresh water resources that are absolutely critical to our state.”

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