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For Immediate Release: Gov. Snyder’s “Line 5” Oil Tunnel Increases Risk of Great Lakes Oil Spill

STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                 October 3, 2018 Jim Olson, President, Legal Advisor                                                           Email: FLOW (For Love of Water), Traverse City, MI           … Read more »

A Tunnel for Line 5? – That Would be a Big Mistake

In an end-run around the public participation process they established, Governor Rick Snyder and Enbridge, Inc., the owner and operator of Line 5, are exploring the possibility of building a $500 million tunnel to replace the stretch of 65 year-old Line 5 pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac.  While a tunnel, properly designed… Read more »

Media Release: Proposed “Line 5” Tunnel Under the Mackinac Straits Ignores Looming Disaster

Protecting the Common Waters of the Great Lakes BasinThrough Public Trust Solutions FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELiz Kirkwood, Executive DirectorFLOW (For Love of Water)Office: (231) 944-1568Cell: (570) 872-4956     Friday, June 15, 2018Email: Liz@FLOWforWater.orgWeb: Proposed “Line 5” Oil Pipeline Tunnel Under the Mackinac Straits Ignores Looming Disaster, Locks in Decades of Risk Enbridge’s Snyder-commissioned tunnel… Read more »

Tilting at Tunnels and a Brighter Tomorrow

As a native Michigander and optimist, I’ve always welcomed the first day of winter as a harbinger of longer, hopefully sunnier days just over the horizon. But I was recently reminded by a friend that, of course, the winter solstice that occurred Thursday at 11:28 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, actually marks the shortest day and… Read more »

FLOW in the News

Democrats in control: Advocates want action on justice, climate and “stronger leadership” from Gov. Whitmer By Gary Wilson, Great Lakes Now—Nov. 18, 2022 Elections have consequences, the saying goes, and for the Michigan Democratic party, the election last week resulted in a sweep of the race for governor and the legislature. Now comes their opportunity… Read more »

FLOW in the News – 2021 Archive

New Leonard Podcast: The Pursuit of FLOW New Leonard Podcast — December 28, 2021 Mark Wilson and Ryan Buck’s latest “New Leonard” podcast features FLOW Executive Director Liz Kirkwood. Can a bottled water royalty help preserve the Great Lakes? Great Lakes Echo — December 28, 2021 Michigan residents would pay 3 to 6 cents more… Read more »

‘A Step toward Victory for the Public and the Great Lakes’

Editor’s Note: The following is a statement from Jim Olson, Senior Legal Advisor at FLOW (For Love of Water), the Great Lakes law and policy center based in Traverse City. The statement is in response to the decision today by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) at its regular meeting to reopen the record to… Read more »

The Latest on Line 5: Key Pathways to Protect the Great Lakes from an Oil Spill Disaster

Editor’s note: This is a FLOW media release issued July 6, 2022. Members of the media can reach FLOW Deputy Director Kelly Thayer at or 231-944-3119; Oil & Water Don’t Mix Coordinator Sean McBrearty at or 616-516-7758; and Whitney Gravelle, president of the Executive Council, Bay Mills Indian Community, at or 906-248-8100…. Read more »

An Earth Day Review: The Michigan Environmental Protection Act in 2022

One of the leading champions and practitioners of the Michigan Environmental Protection Act (MEPA) has been FLOW’s founder, Jim Olson. For 50 years, he has put MEPA to work in the courts and administrative processes, defending wetlands, streams, flora and fauna, and human health.  Jim has adeptly used MEPA to protect the Great Lakes and its tributary rivers and streams, vindicate indigenous treaty fishing rights, and limit Nestlé’s withdrawal of Michigan groundwater.

Enbridge’s Attempt to Get into Federal Court Is Two Years Too Late

“The statutory deadline for removing this case to federal court passed over two years ago,” said Zach Welcker, Legal Director at FLOW, the Great Lakes law and policy center based in Traverse City. “Enbridge is making a frivolous argument that a federal court’s recent jurisdictional ruling in a separate case should give it another bite at the apple, but the apple is long gone as a matter of civil procedure.”