A front page story in the Detroit Free Press highlights the urgent need for action with activists, business leaders, and policy advocates converging on the Mackinac Policy Conference to share the message about the threat posed by Line 5.
From the Detroit Free Press story:
"Some business leaders and elected officials — including the owner of one of the companies that ferried the guests to the island – say an item that's not on the conference agenda poses a huge risk to those straits, the Great Lakes and Michigan's tourism business and overall economy.
"Rich Bergmann, CEO and managing partner at Lake Charlevoix Brewing Co., U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, and Aaron Payment, chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, were among those who gathered Tuesday at a Mackinac Island hotel to call for an immediate shutdown of the Line 5 pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac, owned by Enbridge of Canada.
"We understand Line 5 is an important issue in this part of the state," said Brad Williams, vice president of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber, which has not taken a position on Line 5.
"It's not brought up in particular on our agenda. It's not part of the pillars that we've set out for our agenda," Williams said. "There are a number of issues that are incredibly important to different parts of the state. We cover as best we can, but we don't do everything."