This Oil Pipeline Beneath the Great Lakes Expired 15 Years Ago: Watch 'Before the Spill'

It's not a matter of if this pipeline will cause catastrophic damage to the Great Lakes, it's a matter of when.

By: Liam McNally + Save to a List

Line 5 is a pipeline running under one of the world's largest freshwater resources, The Great Lakes. Built by a Canadian oil company called Enbridge in 1953, it was engineered to operate safely for 50 years. Sixty-five years later and the company confirms the aging structure's safety is waning, but has no plans for restoration. 

Before the Spill is a call to action from filmmakers Adam Wells and Andy Cochrane to shut Line 5 down. See the film below and learn more about Line 5 and how you can take action at


Cover photo: Beth Price


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