Join FLOW on Thursday, July 29th from 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM for a webinar—The Battle Over Line 5: The Legal Fight for Our Public Waters—for residents of Mackinac Island, the Straits Area, and beyond. The online event is free, open to the public, and supported with a grant award from the Mackinac Island Community Foundation’s Natural Resources and Preservation Fund.
Mackinac Island and the Straits of Mackinac are ground zero for a catastrophic Line 5 oil spill. At nearly 70 years old, Enbridge’s dual Line 5 pipelines in the Straits remain exposed to exceptionally strong currents, lakebed scouring, corrosion, and anchor and cable strikes in one of the busiest shipping lanes in the Great Lakes. The Governor of Michigan in November 2020 took historic action to shut down Line 5 under public trust law to protect the Great Lakes, the economy, and a way of life from the risk of an unprecedented oil spill, but Enbridge is defying the Governor’s lawful order. This webinar will explore legal, economic, regulatory, tribal treaty, and frontline insights in support of the State of Michigan’s case to shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.
FLOW's Executive Director Liz Kirkwood will introduce the topic and moderate the co-panelist presentations and question-and-answer session with attendees.
Co-panelists will include:
Jim Olson: FLOW's Founder & Senior Legal Advisor
Skip Pruss: FLOW's Legal Advisor and former Director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth
Whitney Gravelle: President of the Executive Council, Bay Mills Indian Community
Sean McBrearty: Campaign Coordinator, Oil & Water Don't Mix and Legislative and Policy Director at Michigan Clean Water Action
This free webinar will include a question-and-answer session with the panelists afterwards.