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 Kelly@FLOWforWater.org or 231-944-3119; Oil & Water Don’t Mix Coordinator Sean McBrearty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-516-7758; and Whitney Gravelle, president of the Executive Council, Bay Mills Indian Community, at email@example.com or 906-248-8100.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6, 2022
Residents of Mackinac Island, the Straits-area, and beyond are invited to join FLOW and Oil & Water Don’t Mix, in partnership with the Bay Mills Indian Community, on Thursday, July 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EDT, for this special livestream event, “The Latest on Line 5: Key Pathways to Protect the Great Lakes from an Oil Spill Disaster.” All are welcome to attend this free online event.
FLOW Executive Director Liz Kirkwood will host the session, and presenters will include:
- Whitney Gravelle, President, Bay Mills Indian Community
- Zach Welcker, FLOW Legal Director
- Sean McBrearty, Campaign Coordinator, Oil & Water Don’t Mix and Legislative and Policy Director at Michigan Clean Water Action
Presenters will answer questions from the audience and discuss recent developments in the widespread effort to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac and stop the proposed oil tunnel to protect the Great Lakes.
The online session is free and supported in part by a grant award from the Mackinac Island Community Foundation’s Natural Resources and Preservation Fund. Mackinac Island and Straits-area residents are strongly encouraged to attend and share their questions and concerns.
About the Timing of the Event: The online event will take place in the week of the 12th anniversary of Enbridge’s disastrous Line 6B spill on July 25, 2010, in Marshall, Mich., of 1.1 million gallons of heavy tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River watershed. The oil spill tainted nearly 40 miles of the Kalamazoo River and its watershed, sickened more than 300 people, drove more than 150 people permanently from their homes and properties, and destroyed wildlife and habitat.