- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - As business and political luminaries gather for a conference on Mackinac Island, environmentalists hope to draw attention to a nearby underwater oil pipeline they say should be removed.

Some protesters briefly disrupted Gov. Rick Snyder’s opening speech at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference Wednesday. He says he “respects everything they said” but their methods “are another story.”

Activists are targeting an Enbridge Energy pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac. It was laid in 1953 and environmentalists fear it’s wearing out.

Advocacy groups rallied in Mackinaw City Tuesday and released a report on the pipeline Wednesday. They say a spill would be disastrous.

Enbridge says the line is well-maintained and poses no threat.

Snyder says a state task force’s report on pipeline safety will be released in June.

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