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Enbridge to hold community meeting near Niles to discuss steps to prevent future disasters

Enbridge to hold community meeting near Niles to discuss steps to prevent future disasters

NILES, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Thursday, a Canadian energy company is holding a community safety meeting in West Michigan about how it's taking steps to prevent environmental disasters.

Company representatives will also discuss ways the community can improve pipeline safety.

The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Milton Township Hall, and is open to the public.

Seven years ago, an Enbridge pipeline broke, spilling nearly 800-thousand gallons into the Kalamazoo River.

Wednesday, protestors gathered in Lansing to protest against the company's controversial oil pipeline that runs under the Mackinac Bridge.

"We've already seen what has happened in Kalamazoo, Michigan with Enbridge's pipelines, so for me it's to protect pure Michigan, and fight for what you love," said Mariah Urueta, with Food and WateR Watch.

Calls to shut down the 60-year-old Enbridge pipeline have grown louder in recent months.

So far, more than five dozen cities and counties across Michigan have passed resolutions in support of the shut down.

Many feel the pipeline is an environmental disaster waiting to happen.

The company says it regularly tests all pipelines, and is ready to handle any potential leaks.

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