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Schuette has harsh words for protesters who defaced home

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The State Attorney General’s Office has harsh words for protesters worried about the Great Lakes after they got up-close and personal with their concerns.

Dozens gathered outside Bill Schuette’s home in Midland on Wednesday, June 6 calling for an end to an oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.

Several environmental groups organized the protest on Schuette’s front lawn to express their anger over Enbridge Energy’s Line 5.

They want Schuette to shut it down, because they’re concerned it could rupture.

To make their message clear, the protesters spread chocolate syrup on Schuette’s windows and used it to write “Pipes Spill” in his driveway, but the person they were trying to reach wasn’t even there.

The only person home at the time was Schuette’s wife.

Schuette’s office released a statement on the protest to the Detroit News calling it “a cowardly assault by professional protesters whose car license plates mostly appeared to be from out of state…" and “an outrageous attempt to intimidate and bully the Schuette family and the people of Michigan."

Now, the protesters accused Schuette of stalling on closing the pipeline.

Just last night, the National Wildlife Foundation tweeted it’s still working with Schuette to shut it down.

Midland Police also released a statement on Wednesday:

Today at 2:26 PM and 2:29 PM Officers of the Midland Police Department were dispatched to two different locations reference groups of people protesting.

One group had placed a banner on a billboard along EB US-10 in the W. Wackerly/Dublin area and the other group was at Attorney General Bill Schuette’s home.

The Midland Police Department, Midland County Sherriff Office, and the Michigan State Police responded to these two locations.

Once on scene the group at Attorney General Bill Shcuette’s home quickly dispersed. It took approximately 45 minutes for the group along Wackerly and Dublin to disperse.

No arrests were made and both incidents continue to be under investigation.

From propaganda left at the scene, it was determined that both groups were protesting the Line 5 crude oil pipeline along the Straits of Mackinac.

Anyone with information regarding these protests is asked to call the Midland Police Department at (989) 839-4713.

State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said no arrests were made and troopers remained outside the home until the demonstrators left. 

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