If you thought the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota was bad, boy do we have a doozy of one for you here in Michigan. A 63-year old submerged twin pipeline (Enbridge #5), that was built with a 50-year lifespan carries approximately 23 million gallons of oil a day under the Straits of Mackinac! Yes, the Straits of Mackinac, that cherished five (5) mile wide water body that links the crystal clear, clean waters of Lake Michigan with Lake Huron.
Worse yet, even though a number of violations of the 1953 contract between the State of Michigan and Enbridge (pipeline owner and operator) have been identified, our un-illustrious leadership in Lansing has thus-far refused to shut it down. It is a monumental disaster of epic proportions just waiting to happen and our state leaders are dithering in Flint-style denial mode. Their paralysis threatens one of Earth’s most precious natural resources: one-fifth of its fresh water, when safer alternate routes are readily available.
If this scares you as much as it does me and many others across this land, please consider joining the fight to Shut Down Pipeline #5. Here are links to a few of those organizations who are fighting the good fight against Big Oil.
- FLOW (For Love of Water)
- Oil and Water Don’t Mix
- Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club
- Clean Water Action
- Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council
You may also simply text the word “Enforce” (without quotes) to 231-480-4112 and sign a petition asking the State of Michigan to enforce its agreement with Enbridge. You will be asked for your name and email address.
Thank you! Peace.