Protestors gathered at the state Capitol Thursday. They once again called for a controversial pipeline to be shut down. But as Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports, the participants included a seasonal cast of characters.
Santa Clause and Clifford the horse were among those rallying against Enbridge’s Line 5. The pipeline carries crude oil and natural gas liquid under the Straits of Mackinac.
Environmentalists have been calling for the line to be shut down for years. They’re concerned a leak in the ageing line would be catastrophic for the Great Lakes.
And Santa says, refusing to shut down the line puts the governor and attorney general on the naughty list.
“They’ve been a little naughty. I’m gonna give them a chance, a chance to redeem themselves at least in time for this Christmas. If not, next Christmas.”
The group delivered thousands of comments to the governor and the attorney general.