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April 23, 2018 Line 5 Retirement Party

Oil and Water Don't Mix is coordinating over 30 parties across the state of Michigan to raise awareness of the ticking time bomb in our lakes known as Line 5. Come to one for some fun and the latest on Line 5. Click here to find one in your area.


"It is simply reckless and irresponsible to operate Line 5 under the current weather conditions in the Straits of Mackinac," Senator Peters said. 

"It is simply reckless and irresponsible to operate Line 5 under the current weather conditions in the Straits of Mackinac," Senator Peters said. 

April 15, 2018 Damaged Enbridge Line 5 shut down (temporarily) due to severe weather 

"Not only do we lack a clear understanding of the damage to Line 5, but the on-site response equipment available is completely inadequate to clean a potential oil spill under current conditions, putting the Great Lakes in grave - and unnecessary - danger." (Senator Gary Peters).

"Endbridge spokesperson Ryan Duffy said Line 5 was affected by a power outage and is being shut down as a precautionary measure."

"Enbridge notified state and federal officials Tuesday, April 10, that a closer investigation of their pipelines showed three dents -- presumably made by whatever ruptured the two American Transmission Company lines."


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April 12, 2018 (Line 5) Seemed like a good idea at the time by Jack Lessenberry

"I am not exactly a violent person. Nobody has ever confused me with Norman Mailer. But someday, I may be sitting at a press conference after the twin pipelines under the straits of Mackinac rupture, and 700 miles of shoreline are contaminated and ruined.

And if a politician, or some spokesman for a politician, then says they didn’t have sufficient warning, I cannot guarantee I’d be responsible for my actions."...


What sounds like an exotic concept is quite simple.  This centuries-old principle of common law holds that there are some resources, like water and submerged lands, that by their nature cannot be privately owned.  Rather, this commons – including the Great Lakes — belongs to the public.  And governments, like the State of Michigan, have a responsibility to protect public uses of these resources.  from For The Love of Water (FLOW)

What sounds like an exotic concept is quite simple.  This centuries-old principle of common law holds that there are some resources, like water and submerged lands, that by their nature cannot be privately owned.  Rather, this commons – including the Great Lakes — belongs to the public.  And governments, like the State of Michigan, have a responsibility to protect public uses of these resources.  from For The Love of Water (FLOW)

February 27, 2018 Once More: Line 5 and the Public Trust

"Simply put, the public owns the lakebed under the Straits that Line 5 crosses – and state government, as the trustee, has the authority and the obligation to assure that any party granted an easement to use the public’s lakebed is not compromising the public uses protected by the trust. The Legislature passed a law in 1953 granting Enbridge an easement across the Straits – subject to the public trust. 

Enbridge has clearly fallen short of that standard with shoddy maintenance, concealment of damaging information and a track record of failure, culminating in the mammoth spill into the Kalamazoo River watershed in 2010."