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Sparks fly at Kalamazoo County Commission as Enbridge line 5 resolution passes

Sparks fly at Kalamazoo County Commission as Enbridge line 5 resolution passes. (Ray Hole WWMT)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - After an emotional county commission meeting Tuesday night, Kalamazoo county officials approve a resolution against Enbridge's line five.

Before the meeting even began, there were some tense moments outside, as commissioner Stephanie Moore confronted protesters.

Moore says the protestors were attempting to bully her and others on the commission.

One of those at the commission meeting to speak out against Enbridge’s pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac was city commissioner Shannon Sykes.

She and Moore were caught on Facebook live video arguing. Moore could be seen getting into Syke’s face and yelling at both her and the man filming the altercation, Zach Lassiter.

Inside the meeting was just as emotional.

Dozens of people spoke out against Enbridge during the more than 2 hours of public comment time.

This was the 4th county commission meeting that was packed with concerned citizens, hoping to sway commissioners to vote in favor of the resolution.

In the end, they passed it by a vote of 7 to 3.

Commissioner Moore voted for the resolution, but says there are there are bigger issues affecting the people she serves and she would like to see more attention paid to them.

"It's a quality-of-life issue. It impacts all of us. But for all of us to be informed and engaged we have to work together. You can't come down and say you represent the most disadvantaged people and not empower them to have their own voice, to be at the table, to say this impacts me but this is how I see the change happening,” said Moore.

After the meeting both Moore and Sykes posted on Facebook, saying they are not proud of what happened during the argument.

Moore claims the protesters were trying to bully her into voting for the resolution. While Sykes says she was attempting to intervene and get them to stop yelling at Moore, but tensions were so high the women ended up arguing themselves.

With the vote Tuesday night, Kalamazoo County now joins 15 other counties and 50 cities and townships that have passed resolutions to shut down line 5.

They will all be sent to the governor's office.

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