Here  is the full presentation of the Alternatives Analysis presented at the July 6 meeting for those of you who were not able to attend. Threat number 1 is that an anchor drops and bursts the pipeline - or even both pipelines. There was major concern about this in 1953 when Line 5 was built. We are literally an anchor drop away from disaster and very fortunate that it has happened so far. Unfortunately, newer nautical maps don't even show that there are 2 buried oil pipelines next to the Mackinac Bridge because their location is considered classified (even though you can see them via Google maps).

Here is the full presentation of the Alternatives Analysis presented at the July 6 meeting for those of you who were not able to attend. Threat number 1 is that an anchor drops and bursts the pipeline - or even both pipelines. There was major concern about this in 1953 when Line 5 was built. We are literally an anchor drop away from disaster and very fortunate that it has happened so far. Unfortunately, newer nautical maps don't even show that there are 2 buried oil pipelines next to the Mackinac Bridge because their location is considered classified (even though you can see them via Google maps).

General Overviews

The most recent of documentaries on Line 5, Detroit Public TV published "Beneath The Surface", on April 25, 2018. 

This 8 minute video from July 2015 still gives a good overview of Line 5. Note that at the 5:00 minute mark, Enbridge spokesperson Jason Manshun says, "It (Line 5) hasn't aged... the coating is in fantastic shape and the steel has not deteriorated, it looks just like it did in 1953".  Later, we learned that Line 5's coating has gaps (which Enbridge knew about years before publicly admitting). Also note that there have been 29 independently documented spills at other parts of Line 5

 

In 46 minutes, this film made by Michigan State University allows those involved in the fight over Line 5 to speak for themselves. You will hear Indigenous perspectives as well as a representative from the Enbridge company.  It starts with a quick overview of the Marshall spill in 2010 which closed 35 miles of the Kalamazoo River for 2 years.

In about 90 minutes, learn a lot from various presenters - including Republican and a Democratic Congressmen who agree about the threat this oil pipeline is to our Great Lakes and its economy. Hear from UM Graham's Sustainability Institute, Dave Schwab, about why the Straits of Mackinac is the "worst place in the Great Lakes an oil spill could happen" because of the quickly changing, strong currents, and Sean McBrearty from Oil & Water Don't Mix.  These presentations were made at the forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area on June 21, 2017.

Grass Roots Efforts

Great Lakes Business Network

The purpose of the Great Lakes Business Network is to coordinate and elevate the voices of business leaders to protect the lakes from environmental threats. This network of business leaders believes that the risks posed by the Line 5 oil pipeline crossing of the Straits of Mackinac are too high as compared to the benefits. They support decommissioning Line 5 in a strategic manner that minimizes any potential economic disruptions.

Oil and Water Don't Mix

The Oil and Water Don’t Mix campaign brings 228 businesses77 organizations15 tribesnumerous cities & villagesfaith communities* and many individual citizens across Michigan together to keep oil out of the Great Lakes.  As a result of placing third in a nationwide fundraising contest sponsored by Patagonia and Moosejaw in 2014, Oil and Water Don’t Mix was able to develop a very comphrensive website and make the Public Service Announcement shown to the right to raise awareness of the threat Enbridge Line 5 presents to our Great Lakes water and way of life by its vulnerable location under the water next to the Mackinaw Bridge.

*as of June 13, 2017

Non-Profits very involved with Line 5 research

Clean Water Action

Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions, and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and to solve environmental and community problems. It was founded during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972.

FLOW - For the Love of Water

FLOW is dedicated to working with citizens, communities, and businesses to convince the State of Michigan to uphold its public trust responsibilities to protect the Great Lakes and bottomlands by immediately shutting down the oil flowing through Line 5 at the Mackinac Straits while the state studies alternatives.

National Wildlife Federation, Great Lakes Regional Center

National Wildlife Federation, Great Lakes Regional Center  has been a leader in protecting the Great Lakes for the wildlife and humans that depend on this invaluable resource since 1982.  They have been at the forefront of investigation and research on Line 5. They have a number of engaging videos and keep their blog current.
 

Tribes

Grand Traverse Band

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (GTB) is a federally recognized Native American tribe located in northwest Michigan, just north of Sutton's Bay in Peshawbestown. GTB is at the forefront working to decommission Line 5.

3 Fires Council

The 3 Fires Council is a long-standing Anishinaabe alliance of the Ojibwe (or Chippewa), Ottawa (or Odawa), and Potawatomi North American Native tribes.  On June 25, 2017 Desmond Berry, Natural Resources Department Manager for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians announced that a Water Protector Camp for Line 5 is being established. More info can be found on the  3 Fires Alliance Facebook Page.