Saturday, Sept. 2, from 10:30am to 5pm
Where: Mackinaw City, MI
Flotilla for paddle protest meets at Colonial Michilimackinac Park at 10:30am
National Protest and Rally participants meet at 1 of 2 locations at 2pm:
– Indian Pathways Park
– Michigan Welcome Center (junction of I-75 and US23)
Who: Tribal members, environmental activists, concerned citizens, and anyone who cares about the health of the Great Lakes
Why: Enbridge Line 5, a 64 year old pipeline that runs underneath the Straits of Mackinac, is a direct threat to the Great Lakes, which contain 20% of the world’s fresh surface water. This is a place that has been described as “the worst possible place for an oil spill in the Great Lakes” and a place where local Anishinaabe tribes retain fishing rights. Enbridge is the same company responsible for the 877,000 gallon oil spill that devastated the Kalamazoo River, and they currently transport 23 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas through the Straits every day. With 700 miles of shoreline at risk, it is imperative that Line 5 be decommissioned as soon as possible.
Simply put, Water is Life.