It’s shocking to think that every day 23 million gallons of oil flow through two aging pipelines lying in the open waters of the Mackinac Straits, the very heart of the Great Lakes.
Known as “Line 5,” the pipelines are owned and operated by Enbridge – the same Canadian corporation whose operations failed and spilled one million gallons of tar sands oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River in 2010.
For decades, these risky oil pipelines had been forgotten.
In 2014, the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and FLOW (For Love of Water) launched an Oil and Water Don’t Mix campaign to raise awareness and force state action to remove this risk from the Great Lakes.
As a result of the public attention we have brought to this issue, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed a task force that concluded in its July 2015 report that the state has the legal authority to decommission Line 5. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, the task force co-chair, declared that “the days are numbered” for these oil pipelines. But since then there has been no substantive action, while the risk to the Great Lakes looms larger every day.
Groundwork and FLOW have our legal and policy experts focusing the argument for the attorney general. And we have top-notch communicators and organizers to continue to apply pressure through the media and events.
But we cannot succeed without the support of thousands of people – across Michigan, the Midwest, and beyond – who love the Great Lakes. We need you to invest today in our campaign and demand that the governor and attorney general protect our pristine freshwater seas and “Pure Michigan” economy from a devastating oil spill.
With your support, we can shut down the oil pipelines in the Mackinac Straits and protect the Great Lakes.
Please Donate Now! And you can also send a message to Michigan’s elected leaders to stand up for the Great Lakes.