The campaign we helped start last July has taken a huge leap forward. A number of organizations, including TC350, have come together to create the Oil & Water Don’t Mix campaign.
A new website has just been launched with the mission to keep oil out of the Great Lakes. The Oil & Water Don’t Mix website includes deep background on the Enbridge Line 5 issue – where an aging oil pipeline pushes nearly 23 million gallons of oil through the Straits of Mackinac. We are proposing that the pipeline should be decommissioned from the Straits, as no spill in the Great Lakes is ever acceptable.
The website also features a TV commercial that is now airing all over northern Michigan. The spot is called “It’s Shocking to Think” and shows all the great features of the Straits, and directs people to the website for more information, and to Take Action by signing a letter to Governor Snyder asking him to take charge of the regulation of the pipeline.
The website, TV spot, and media campaign were made possible by the Crowdrise fundraising campaign, headed up by Michigan Land Use Institute, that took place in March 2014.
We need your help to build on the great work already done by TC350 and others to raise more public awareness of the danger posed by the pipelines that criss-cross the Great Lakes states. Please consider a donation to a new fundraiser, sponsored by Michigan Land Use Institute (MLUI). Donate $25 or more and get a chance to win a $500 Patagonia shopping spree!
MLUI wants to launch a major public awareness campaign to raise the profile of the risk posed by pipelines to Michigan and to other Great Lakes states—and to connect them to real alternative solutions. This issue is of critical importance, merging two pressing economic and environmental public priorities: a desire to protect the water quality and economic benefit of the Great Lakes, and a concern to protect the earth from global climate change.
The Mackinac County Planning Commission has set a public meeting to hear from Enbridge Energy about their Line 5 pipeline that crosses the Straits of Mackinac. They are going to ask about the integrity of the pipeline, the frequency of their testing methods, and procedures in case of a rupture.
The meeting is open to the public, and TC350 encourages all that are interested in this issue to attend. The presentation will be at Little Bear East Arena, 275 Marquette St., St. Ignace, MI on Wednesday February 5 at 2:00pm.
Many coalition groups from across the region will be sending representatives. This is sure to be an interesting meeting!
Northern Michigan knows how to lead on climate issues! We participated in the 350.org Draw the Line event on Saturday, September 21 where 60 local citizens formed a line to Protect our Great Lakes and to fight for the climate. We had banners, flyers, and a replica of the 60 year old Enbridge Energy Mackinac Pipeline that carries crude oil through the Straits of Mackinac.
Join us on October 9 for the Oil & Water Don’t Mix – Traverse City event!
WHEN: Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 6:00pm WHERE:Inside Out Gallery – 229 Garland St., Traverse City, MI WHY: Hear Beth Wallace speak, watch a video, sign the petition, have FUN!
In July 2013 we held a big event at the Straits of Mackinac - Oil & Water Don’t Mix: Rally for the Great Lakes, where almost 500 people came to listen to amazing speakers and learn about the threat posed by aging pipelines that carry crude oil through the heart of the Great Lakes.
We launched a petition drive at the event to tell Governor Snyder to replace the 60 year old pipeline, and to prohibit the transport of tar sands oil through our precious resource.
This event will feature the author of the report that brought attention to the pipeline, Beth Wallace of the National Wildlife Federation, as she talks about the threat and what we can do about it. We’ll also screen the video from the event. Afterwards, we’ll sign the petition meet and greet at the cash bar and listen to music from the True Falsettos.