Bernie Sanders calls for shutdown of Line 5

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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks about his “Medicare for All” proposal Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at George Washington University in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

DETROIT (WLNS/AP) — Bernie Sanders has become the second Democratic presidential hopeful to call for shutting down an oil pipeline that crosses a channel linking two of the Great Lakes.

The Vermont senator said in a tweet Thursday that Enbridge’s Line 5 should be decommissioned and new fossil fuel infrastructure banned. He also called for a Green New Deal which was introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.

Sanders announced his position on the ninth anniversary of a rupture of another Enbridge pipeline that spilled 1 million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River.

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee also has endorsed a Line 5 shutdown ahead of Democratic presidential debates in Detroit next week.

Line 5 carries oil and natural gas liquids from Wisconsin to Ontario. It runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac connecting Lakes Huron and Michigan. It traverses large sections of northern Wisconsin and Michigan.

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