Great Lakes in Peril?
Lake Michigan / Lake Huron, in harms way!!!
Go day all, normally I would be writing this blog in an attempt to sell you something, well today is no different! Though this time I'm attempting to sell anyone who see's this note to take action & hopefully share with your friends. First, I ask you to read the following:
Editorial comment by Ross Biederman
President of WTCM, WCCW, and WJZQ
If you think the Flint water crises was Catastrophe that could have been avoided by the state of Michigan imagine an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac. Lurking beneath the water at the straits lies a 4 ½ mile long pipeline carrying about 500,000 barrels or 23 million gallons of liquid petroleum…crude…each day. The pipeline is owned by a Canadian company, Enbridge. It’s referred to as Line 5 and it carries crude from Superior, Wisconsin to Sarnia, Ontario. Line 5 is 63 years old and has never been thoroughly inspected by The State of Michigan. Here are just two potential problem areas. The welding techniques used in 1953 are out-dated. Also, the pipeline is covered in zebra mussels making comprehensive visual inspection difficult if not impossible.
Michigan’s Attorney General has the authority to order Line 5 shut down, but has not done so. He has ordered more studies which could take up to a year and a half. You have the power to do something! Bills have been introduced in both Michigan’s House and Senate that would accomplish this. They haven’t gone to committee yet and probably will not before the Legislatures’ Summer Recess. What can you do? Tell your State Representative and Senator to get off the dime and move this legislation. An oil spill at the Straits could foul both Lake Michigan and Huron because of the currents. Imagine it happening during the winter under the ice. The University of Michigan said the Mackinac Straits would be the worst possible place for an oil spill. I should mention that is was an Enbridge pipeline failure that dumped 840,000 gallons of crude into the Kalamazoo River in 2010…the largest inland spill in US history.
So make your voice be heard to end this potential danger to our ecology and economy. This is an election year. Every state representative is up for re-election as is half the Senate.
And by the way, it isn’t like we’d be cutting off our supply of oil. Enbridge has built a new pipeline…Line 6…that’s has twice the capacity. Line 6 runs through Wisconsin, around Chicago, and across Southern Michigan to Sarnia.
Michigan only gets 10-12% of the crude anyway….the rest goes to Canada.
With election nearing, now is the time to demand that candidates pledge to take action closing Line 5!
The Danger Of Line 5 – Ross Biederman
The Enbridge Company, has a very deep pocketbook & has taken to the airways, basically saying no big deal, no worries? I ask all of you to stand up and be counted! Next weekend our Michigan lawmakers along with the "Big Shoots" of the cooperate world will gather on Mackinac Island at the Grand Hotel, I wonder if they could imagine on the ride over cruising through oil sludge rather than the pristine waters of "The Straits"! Please note, I'm no "tree Hugger" , frankly have never taken up a stand of this nature. Of course the residence who live along the coastline of these bodies of waters have an immediate concern, but everyone living in the USA has an interest in the possible horrific harm that could be done to the arguably largest body of FRESH WATER in the world! If you have time, please contact your representative at:
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Really not sure what I can do, but I'm not going to sit on my hands as we play "Russian Roulette" with our "Great Lakes"... Thank you for your time!
Frederick C. Barrett
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