Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa to Host “Line 5 Water Protectors Symposium” Friday

Enbridge Line 5 protests by American Indians at Straits of Mackinac in September 2015

Published May 18, 2017

PESHAWBESTOWN, MICHIGAN –  The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will be hosting a ‘Line 5 Water Protectors Symposium’ on May 19th at the Leelanau Sands Casino in Peshawbestown, Michigan. Doors will open at 5:30pm, and the program will begin at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to all.

The event will bring together a number of tribal leaders, First Nation chiefs, state legislators, nonprofits, youth and business leaders who have been fighting the 64- year-old Great Lakes oil pipeline in recent years. The event is intended to spark public action; attendees will receive a calendar of upcoming Line 5 events and a list of recommended actions.

Line 5 moves 23 million gallons of crude oil through twin pipelines that sits on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac for 4.5 miles. University of Michigan scientists have called the Straits “the worst possible place for an oil spill”. Public calls for the decommissioning of the pipeline have been increasing since 2010 when Enbridge, the same company that operates Line 5, allowed the second-largest inland oil spill in US history from their Line 6b in the Kalamazoo River in 2010. The Grand Traverse Band’s Tribal Council passed a resolution calling on the State of Michigan to decommission Line 5 in 2015.

Michigan’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Board will be releasing its long awaited “Alternatives Analysis” and “Risk Analysis” reports in June, which the State will use as a guide to take action on the pipeline. In 2015, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said that the pipeline’s “days are numbered” and that the State probably would not allow its construction were approval sought today.

WHAT: Line 5 Water Protectors Symposium, hosted by the Grand Traverse Band

WHEN: Friday, May 19th, Doors at 5:30, Program starts at 6:30

WHERE: Leelanau Sands Casino Showroom, 2521 N West Bay Shore Dr, Peshawbestown, MI

COST: Free, Open to All

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