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  • Charlie Weaver
    commented 2015-08-12 13:48:08 -0400
    I’m not receiving e-mails of updated news.
  • Kevin Karpinski
    commented 2015-08-12 13:12:53 -0400
    I have some new great lakes graphic designs for sticker and shirts and I would like to offer them to you for sale on your online store. If you are interested in seeing my designs please email me and I will be happy to send you the art files.
  • Daan Vreugdenhil, civil engeneer & PhD
    commented 2015-07-08 19:11:59 -0400
    I am a former high level employee of the equivalent of the Corps of Engeneers.

    In that modality i succesfully challenged Shell on a pipeline through a highly sensitive coastal reserve.

    Shell claimed that there was little risk of a loss of more than 5000 barrels in case of a rupture.

    I made Shell aware that their gas-oil pipeline would work like a spray bottel and that the pressurize gas would continue to push out oil until all the pressure would have released. I also succesfully claimed that because of the gas pressure, there would be a significant delay b4 sensors could feel the drop in pressure indicating a leak. Shell agreed and took the measures that I demanded. If you want more info, you can contact me.
  • Daniel Kimmey
    commented 2015-07-04 16:23:45 -0400
    I am a part owner of a paddle board company. We are interested in spreading the word for this cause at the numerous paddling events that we attend. If you have any documentation we could bring with us we would be happy to present any materials and collect signatures to help the cause. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
  • Jannan Cornstalk
    commented 2015-06-23 15:45:50 -0400
    Working on a flotilla in the Straits of Mackinac to coincide with Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk. "Pipe Out Paddle Protest & Bridge Walk gives two different ways to participate and raise awareness of the two pipelines Indra the Straits of Mackinac. Ultimate goal is to shutdown the pipeline (Line 5). Flotilla will be a highly visible event, puts people out in the waters they are pledging to protect, gets people outdoors and to get exercise.
  • Rachel Thevenard
    commented 2015-06-15 15:40:35 -0400
    Let me begin by saying, thank you for the work that you do in educating about, and opposing, petroleum transport affecting the Great Lakes.

    I am writing about an issue that I believe should be important to Oil & Water Don’t Mix, as it concerns the Great Lakes: a pipeline called Line 9B. I am wondering whether your organization has any plans to address threats presented by this pipeline to the Great Lakes.

    Line 9B is a pipeline that passes from Sarnia to Montreal, directly through many ecologically sensitive waterways, including the St. Lawrence River. It’s difficult to even list the problems with this pipeline in a single e-mail: it is 40 years old, filled with cracks and leaks (which cannot even be properly measured, as the technology used has a 20% margin of error in detecting pipeline “features,” as the company calls them), and has had 35 significant spills in its lifetime. The company that operates the pipeline, Enbridge, is notorious for underreporting spills, so it’s not sure what the real number of spills is.

    Enbridge would like to reverse the flow from Mtl-Sarnia to Sarnia-Mtl, switch the contents from conventional crude oil to highly pressurized, toxic, and corrosive diluted bitumen, which the pipeline was not designed to carry (and that sinks instead of floats, in an inevitable spill), and increase the capacity of the pipeline to 300,000 barrels per day, up from 240,000 bpd, by increasing the pressure on the pipeline. Enbridge refuses to do a hydrostatic test on the pipeline, as they say it would hurt the pipeline.

    Richard Kuprewicz, a pipeline expert with over 40 years of experience, has estimated the chances of rupture at “over 90%” in the first 5 years- a guaranteed spill would contaminate water for millions of people, likely forcing evacuation due to the toxic chemicals. The number of people affected rises to the tens of millions in the case of contamination of the Great Lakes.

    The exact same thing was attempted in Kalamazoo, Michigan- a 40-year-old Enbridge pipeline had it’s contents switched from conventional crude to diluted bitumen, and spilled 3.3 million litres into the Kalamazoo River. That was in 2010, and it has yet to be completely cleaned up, largely because the oil sinks.

    The Line 9B pipeline passes through or near 18 Indigenous Reserves. Not a single First Nation has been awarded the free, prior, and informed consent that each group is entitled to for anything that happens on reserve, under Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution. Therefore, there is a legal challenge by the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation that is set to be heard on June 16th.

    Regardless of the legal challenge, the National Energy Board may approve this pipeline any day now, and Enbridge has indicated that they intend to have it running by the end of June.

    I would very much like to hear of any actions the coalition has planned regarding Line 9B, and would be very open to discussion of future actions, if you have not yet planned any, with the goal of stopping this extremely dangerous pipeline.

    Thank you very much,

    Rachel Thevenard

    Student of Geomatics

    University of Waterloo
  • Bronwyn Clement
    commented 2015-06-15 13:16:36 -0400
    Hi there,

    I work with Great Lakes Commons, a project to envision and protect the Great Lakes as a living, thriving commons that we all care for in perpetuity. We are inspired by your work to keep oil out of the Great Lakes and are interested in actively working with the Oil & Water Don’t Mix coalition. Please let us know how we can become an active member of the coalition? You can learn more about our approach at greatlakescommons.org. Thanks very much and looking forward to hearing from you.
  • John McLane
    commented 2015-06-05 08:59:17 -0400
    Questions: 1) Are both lines Grade B , x52 wall strength? 2) Were girth welds 100% xrayed or randomly selected in 1953, and can record of radiographic history be subpeoned or obtained via some contractor record? 3) The pipeline marker on your home page sort of defeats the silly notion that the exact location can not be disclosed because of the potential for terrorist activity—can I be sent a picture of this at John McLane 18823 Taft Rd; Big Rapids, MI 49307? Thanks!
  • Phillip Crooks
    commented 2015-05-16 09:23:32 -0400
    The oil pipeline at the Mackinaw Straits is sixty years old. An oil spill could cause serious damage to our magnificent lakes. If there’ a chance to prevent this tragedy from occurring, I would like to participate in the action. Enbridge seems to have a poor track record.
  • Lindsay Swan
    commented 2015-04-22 16:54:36 -0400
    Hello, I’m part of a small theatre ensemble called Children of the Wild (www.childrenofthewild.org) currently looking for partners around the Great Lakes to work with in connecting live performance and environmental action to protect the water masses of the entire Great Lakes region. For the last six months, we’ve been developing a theatre piece that will tour the Great Lakes in 2016, and are presently scouting around the Lakes for possible performance sites and critical stories to share. Our current work is intertwining with the Great Lakes Commons Charter and Riverkeeper. We would similarly love to connect with Oil & Water Don’t Mix. Please let me know if there is someone I could speak with! Thanks, Lindsay (917) 605-2572; lindsayswan711@gmail.com
  • Kate Kirk-Greenberg
    commented 2015-03-04 12:09:43 -0500
    I support the cause of protecting our water. I wish your promotional video showed more than just white people enjoying it.
  • Stephen Krause
    commented 2014-12-06 22:35:12 -0500
    Dear OWDM,

    i Thought you might find this New York Times story (see link below) of interest.

    In light of this information, how can Bill Schuette continue to serve as co-chair of the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Taskforce Committee? This is a real conflict of interest. He should step down from that position. The NYT article also lists him as among the top 10 attorneys general to receive donations from energy companies. With this in mind, it’s obvious that Schuette cannot make objective decisions when it comes to Michigan’s energy and pipeline related matters.


    Keep up the great work!


    Steve Krause

    Troy, MI

    (PS; I have also written to Gov. Snyder and Schuette about this)
  • Lowell Styer
    commented 2014-11-22 13:21:12 -0500
  • Nic Clark
    commented 2014-10-02 12:10:58 -0400
    Hi – I just tried to upload Clean Water Action – not sure if it went through. Let me know thanks – nclark@cleanwater.org
  • Peter Moore
    commented 2014-09-16 12:37:06 -0400
    I have been in the oil spill response for 35 years in Alaska And call to try and help you set up a response center and give you some insight but got no response can you please let me no who I need to talk to before you have Exxon oil spill or a BP oil spill I work both them from day one and I hate to see this happen to Michigan water ways Thanks Peter
  • Peter Moore
    commented 2014-09-16 12:37:04 -0400
    I have been in the oil spill response for 35 years in Alaska And call to try and help you set up a response center and give you some insight but got no response can you please let me no who I need to talk to before you have Exxon oil spill or a BP oil spill I work both them from day one and I hate to see this happen to Michigan water ways Thanks Peter
  • Ozhaashkwe Biik Antoine
    commented 2014-07-19 11:05:58 -0400
    Please add Idle No More Michigan to your list of organizations in support of bringing awareness to the dangers of oil pipelines in the Great Lakes and on the lands. Idle No More Michigan is an Indigenous Movement that fights for land, air, water, and the people of Turtle Island.


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