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All the Risk with Very Little Reward

The Enbridge Line 5 pipeline is are the focus of the Great Lakes Business Network, a newly-formed group of Michigan business leaders who want the twin pipeline shut down. Michigan Radio's Stateside features this new network.

170214_SheplersFerry_Wallace.jpgAmong those leaders is Larry Bell. He is the founder and president of Bell’s Brewery, Michigan’s largest brewing company.

In addition to its regular operations out of its Comstock-based brewing facility, the company sponsors the annual Bayview Mackinac Race, which travels from Port Huron to Mackinac Island. It also owns Upper Hand Brewery, which is based in Escanaba, about 100 miles west of the straits on Lake Michigan.

Bell told us that the continued operation of the pipeline puts his and other Michigan businesses at risk.

“Why do we have to have risk to our business model for their business model?" he said. "Michigan takes this risk, our businesses take risk for oil that comes from Canada, traverses our state, and goes back to Canada. So we take all this risk, for very little reward."

"Michigan takes this risk, our businesses take risk for oil that comes from Canada, traverses our state, and goes back to Canada. So we take all this risk, for very little reward." - Larry Bell, Bell's Brewing

Read the rest of the story and hear Larry Bell discuss the pipeline and network at Michigan Radio.


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