Kalamazoo County Considering A Resolution To Shut Down Line 5

Kalamazoo County Commissioners are considering a resolution to SHUT DOWN Enbridge Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac.

Commissioner Mike Quinn was to present a resolution at the April 4th Board Meeting. It was tabled.
We need a stong show of support when the resolution is presented on April 18th.

If anybody should know what is at stake it must be the residents of Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties who lived through Enbridge’s million gallon oil spill in 2010! It was the second largest inland oil spill in the history of the United States. It was a disaster and a nightmare!

Citizens need to attend the April 18 Board Meetings to voice support for the resolution.
Location: Administration Building – 201 W. Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo, MI. 2nd floor at 7 pm. Citizen comments are taken shortly after the meeting begins.

If you can’t attend meeting an email, letter or phone call to Commissioners would be helpful.
Here is a link to Kalamazoo County – http://www.kalcounty.com/
(Calhoun County has not responded yet to the same request for a resolution. Will keep you posted)

March for Science-Detroit

This march is intended to be a peaceful protest against the censorship that has been put in place by President Trump. Science is the basis of all life. From clean water and air to food and safety. We want better medicine and a better understanding of our bodies and our health!! On May 10th, 1933 the Nazis raided libraries and bookstores across Germany and proceeded to burn books they did not approve of. The intellectual censorship implemented by the new Trump administration echoes much the same. Taking control of what we, the people, can and can not read in relation to the newly developed scientific discoveries that are being made. If you are waiting for Science to develop a new chemo drug for a child or anything similar this is a horrifying idea. We MUST stand together to show our president (yes he is our president) and the world that we know what is happening and we want it to STOP NOW!! In the words of a powerful MLK “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” So, gather your friends, family, co-workers and anyone else you can find and let’s stand up for what is right!!!

No Pipelines in the Great Lakes

**THE US FOREST SERVICE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED! THERE IS NO OFFICIAL DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMMENTS, BUT THE SOONER THE BETTER!**

The US Forest Service is accepting comments regarding the permitting of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline through an 11.5-mile section of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Bayfield County, north of Hwy 2. A map of the affected area is available here: http://a123.g.akamai.net/7/123/11558/abc123/forestservic.download.akamai.com/11558/www/nepa/99334_FSPLT3_3908081.pdf

Comments can be submitted by emailing and writing letters to Jonathan McNeill, USFS Project Manager:
– EMAIL: comments-eastern-chequamegon-nicolet-washburn@fs.fed.us

You can also CC EMAILS to:
– Jonathan McNeill, USFS Project Manager, jdmcneill@fs.fed.us
– Kathleen Atkinson, Eastern Regional Director, katkinson@fs.fed.us
– Michelle Davolos, Washburn District Ranger, mdavalos@fs.fed.us

– WRITE: Comments can be mailed to either USFS office:
USFS
Jonathan McNeill
Washburn Ranger District
113 Bayfield St. East
Washburn, WI, 54891

USFS
Jonathan McNeill
1170 S 4th Ave
Park Falls, WI 54552
715-762-2461, jdmcneill@fs.fed.us

– CALL: Jonathan McNeill (715)762-5154 (Park Falls office)

Enbridge is attempting to renew the permit for Line 5 pipeline through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest which runs through Bayfield County. The permit includes 11.5 miles of pipeline and spans roughly 71 acres.

Line 5 is was built in 1953 and was engineered for just a 50-year life expectancy, a date that has long since come and gone. Each day Line 5 carries 540,000 barrels (22.7 million gallons) of Alberta tar sands and Bakken crude oil and poses an extreme risk to the watersheds of all five Great Lakes.

Communities across North America are standing in opposition of Enbridge and organizing to shut down Line 5, including the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa who announced 1/4/17 that they will not renew Enbridge’s permit and want the pipeline removed from reservation land! (Read announcement: https://wcmcoop.com/2017/01/05/bad-river-band-denies-renewal-of-enbridge-line-5-grant-of-easement/)
We have an opportunity to support the leadership the Bad River Band has shown and support the USFS in shutting down Line 5 through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest as well!

Contact the Washburn Forest Service (contact info above) and tell them:
1. Do not renew Enbridge’s permit for Line 5.
2. Require Enbridge to remove Line 5 from USFS land.
3. Request a Public Hearing in Bayfield County regarding the permit before a decision is made by the USFS.
4. Require an Environmental Impact Statement or Environmental Assessment before proceeding with a decision on the permit for Line 5.

More info is available here:

– USFS Public Comment Announcement: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=44889

– USFS Enbridge Scoping Letter: http://a123.g.akamai.net/7/123/11558/abc123/forestservic.download.akamai.com/11558/www/nepa/99334_FSPLT3_3908925.pdf

– USFS Map of Line 5 through the Cheq-Nicolet National Forest:http://a123.g.akamai.net/7/123/11558/abc123/forestservic.download.akamai.com/11558/www/nepa/99334_FSPLT3_3908081.pdf

– Oil & Water Don’t Mix info on Line 5 Straits of Mackinaw crossing: http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/problem

– Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansions (over 150 First Nations & tribes have signed on as well as many communities): http://www.treatyalliance.org/

– Map of Enbridge pipelines through Wisconsin: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1Xq54OXJlp6akuobnKlcqqQ1e85w&hl=en_US&ll=46.518758232614026%2C-90.84825694099874&z=11

Line 5: Public Comment Period

**THE US FOREST SERVICE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED! THERE IS NO OFFICIAL DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMMENTS, BUT THE SOONER THE BETTER!**

The US Forest Service is accepting comments regarding the permiting of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline through an 11.5 mile section of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Bayfield County, north of Hwy 2. A map of the affected area is available here: http://a123.g.akamai.net/7/123/11558/abc123/forestservic.download.akamai.com/11558/www/nepa/99334_FSPLT3_3908081.pdf

Comments can be submitted by emailing and writing letters to Jonathan McNeill, USFS Project Manager:
– EMAIL: comments-eastern-chequamegon-nicolet-washburn@fs.fed.us

You can also CC EMAILS to:
– Jonathan McNeill, USFS Project Manager, jdmcneill@fs.fed.us
– Kathleen Atkinson, Eastern Regional Director, katkinson@fs.fed.us
– Michelle Davolos, Washburn District Ranger, mdavalos@fs.fed.us

– WRITE: Comments can be mailed to either USFS office:
USFS
Jonathan McNeill
Washburn Ranger District
113 Bayfield St. East
Washburn, WI, 54891

USFS
Jonathan McNeill
1170 S 4th Ave
Park Falls, WI 54552
715-762-2461, jdmcneill@fs.fed.us

– CALL: Jonathan McNeill (715)762-5154 (Park Falls office)

Enbridge is attempting to renew the permit for Line 5 pipeline through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest which runs through Bayfield County. The permit includes 11.5 miles of pipeline and spans roughly 71 acres.

Line 5 is was built in 1953 and was engineered for just a 50-year life expectancy, a date that has long since come and gone. Each day Line 5 carries 540,000 barrels (22.7 million gallons) of Alberta tar sands and Bakken crude oil and poses an extreme risk to the watersheds of all five Great Lakes.

Communities across North America are standing in opposition of Enbridge and organizing to shut down Line 5, including the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa who announced 1/4/17 that they will not renew Enbridge’s permit and want the pipeline removed from reservation land! (Read announcement: https://wcmcoop.com/2017/01/05/bad-river-band-denies-renewal-of-enbridge-line-5-grant-of-easement/)
We have an opportunity to support the leadership the Bad River Band has shown and support the USFS in shutting down Line 5 through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest as well!

Contact the Washburn Forest Service (contact info above) and tell them:
1. Do not renew Enbridge’s permit for Line 5.
2. Require Enbridge to remove Line 5 from USFS land.
3. Request a Public Hearing in Bayfield County regarding the permit before a decision is made by the USFS.
4. Require a Environmental Impact Statement or Environmental Assessment before proceeding with a decision on the permit for Line 5.

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