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  • Josh Croup
    commented 2023-04-13 09:18:59 -0400
    I’m a reporter with 13abc News in Toledo, Ohio. We’re working on a story leading up to Earth Day about the efforts to shut down Line 5.

    Any chance someone from your group has a few minutes to do a Zoom interview about this? I’m looking to schedule that interview sometime this week, this weekend, or early next week.
  • Maggie Day
    commented 2023-03-29 09:12:08 -0400
    I am a member of Maynard Anti-Racism Alliance (MARA). We will be tabling at a climate emergency focused Earth Day Fair at our local library. Our table will be about Environmental Justice. Although we are in MA, we are all connected and I would like to educate my community about the disastrous impact this tunnel wold have on our Great Lakes. I plan to wear the t-shirt I just bought but I would love some fact sheets/petitions/actions to share on the East Coast. Thanks, Maggie
  • Nicki Coutoumanos
    commented 2023-03-27 16:43:34 -0400
    I wonder about the power of the Canadian citizens.

    I wonder how very well spent concentrated energy might be if focused on reaching them.

    I seek to trace where the most stubborn, yet most malleable, kinks in the flow of progress  toward decommissioning Line 5 lie.

    I think through what are – like it or not – vitally pertinent factors

    *President Biden’s considerable wave of negative push-back for his takedown of the Keystone Pipeline;

    *his crucial global responsibility to repair & reestablish U.S. relationships with neighbors & allies, dangerously damaged by the previous Administration.

    I recognize that my focus is on environmental concerns.

    I recognize I have the luxury of choosing; focusing on; fighting for specific grave concerns… WHILE I accept also that foreign affairs actually are crucial,  delicate matters; that bungled global diplomacy is no less a threat to the survival of Earth and life than the imminently critical environmental concerns I’m most focused on.

     I recognize I haven’t the expertise you do, but I find the greatest kink in progressing to the shut down of Line 5 sits squarely with P.M. Trudeau and his choice to support Enbridge & oil pipelines.

    The power most capable of reaching this man who has  cast himself as a champion in the fight against climate change lies with the Canadian people

    So, as the power most capable of releasing that kink lies in the hands of  the Canadian citizenship, I wonder what I can do/what we can and are collectively doing to tab that powerful resource.


    I will keep writing President Biden if you truly believe that’s energy well, fairly and best spent, but daily grow more interested in contributing my energies toward releasing the major kink logic leads me to identifying.

    It’s very possible I’m mistaken; that I lack pertinent facts. Pls. advice.

    Thank you endlessly for the critical, vitally crucial work you devote yourselves to. 

    Sincerely, Nicki CoutoumanosM.. Coutoumanos

    “The common humanity of people, not the power of governments, is the only real protector of human rights" Jan Karski  24 June 1914 – 13 July 2000
  • Doug Anderson
    commented 2023-03-20 10:49:22 -0400
    Alternate route after the Kalamazoo river oil spill Ambridge was allowed to double the capacity of the line that goes around Chicago. You need to concentrate on delivering that message that there is an alternate route that needs to be used in. You need to publicize it more.
  • Marie Gallagher
    commented 2023-02-25 19:40:39 -0500
    Hello! I am reaching out to see if anyone within Oil and Water Don’t Mix, would be open for an interview. I am a masters student at U of M, studying Environmental Justice, doing a paper for a journalism project on fossil fuel infrastructure and pipelines. In particular indigenous resistance and grassroots visions for imagining a world beyond fossil fuel dependent infrastructure. Please reach out if this would be of interest to anyone! Thank you! [email protected]
  • Lynn Drickamer
    commented 2023-02-23 11:18:22 -0500
    I was completing the form to email President Biden re Line 5… and came to the request for a cell phone number. I never give out my cell phone number under these circumstances, so I can not sign the petition or any of your other actions, apparently .
  • Lynn Renkert
    commented 2023-02-14 07:57:59 -0500
  • Michael Langendorf
    commented 2022-10-03 09:07:27 -0400
  • Gary Vesperman
    commented 2022-09-25 23:17:09 -0400
    Be aware that some highly publicized energy infrastructure projects such as oil pipelines, long-distance transmission lines, bladed wind turbines, photovoltaic panels, fuel cells, small modular nuclear reactors, hydrogen, electric vehicle charging stations, geologic storage of nuclear waste, fossil fuels, and 5G are obsolete.

    Billions are being spent subsidizing electric vehicles, nuclear power, fossil fuels, wind turbines, and photovoltaic panels. May I suggest spending .1% on developing and deploying some of the 50 or so clean new generators profiled below?

    The Gallery of Clean Energy Inventions is linked at padrak.com/vesperman.

    The Gallery of Clean Energy Inventions displays profiles of 27 Larger Generators, 35 Smaller Generators, 29 Advanced Self-Powered Electric Vehicle Innovations, 29 Radioactivity Neutralization Methods, 30 Space Travel Innovations, 23 Technical Solutions to Water Shortages, and a Torsion Field School Network. The exhibit’s seven groups can be displayed on 20 meters of walls or tables.

    The new self-charged electric school bus exhibit file has been uploaded into the Transportation Inventions category of padrak.com/vesperman.

    Its caption reads:

    Self-Charged Electric School Bus with Continuous Climate Control Even While Parked. Compressed air-driven vortex tubes are switched between 90% cold air and 10% hot air, or 90% hot air and 10% cold air. Power for the air compressor and electric drive motors provided by one of nine electricity generators. This exhibit was displayed in the September 25, 2021 electric vehicle festival in the Las Vegas Springs Preserve.

    These nine generators were cherry picked from the Gallery of Clean Energy Inventions.

    To my knowledge all of these self-charged electric school bus inventions are fully validated. To build a prototype would simply need straightforward sweat engineering, sufficient financing to bring these buses to market, and an organized entity with a will to accomplish this task. The Gallery of Clean Energy Inventions includes 13 more generators that appear to be candidates for powering self-charged electric school buses.

    Electric vehicles that haul around a half-ton or so batteries and need to stop for recharging are truly old-fashioned. I am fully confident that once EV owners are freed from the hassle and expense of stopping to recharge, there would be no difficulty selling self-charged EVs.

    Self-charged EVs would only need one or two less efficient lithium-free batteries. Switching electric vehicles to self-charged electric vehicles would eliminate stressing already strained electric power grids.

    The bottom of padrak.com/vesperman links to my ‘grand’ invention development business plan. Development of most, if not all, of these futuristic inventions could soak up a billion dollars. But we would end up with a much better world that people may not recognize.
  • Annie Dubois
    commented 2022-08-20 14:51:03 -0400
    Hi there! My name is Annie Dubois and I’m a recent grad of Michigan State University and freelance writer. I interviewed David Holtz back in November 2021 for an article I published in MSU’s student-run magazine, The Current. Here’s the link if you’d like to read and share with others: https://thecurrentmsu.com/2022/03/27/great-lakes-crude-awakening/

    I greatly enjoyed speaking with David and spreading the word about Line 5’s dangerous presence in the Straits. I’d love to continue writing investigative pieces about Line 5 with your organization and I’m wondering if there are any opportunities available for freelance writing and media relations. Please feel free to shoot me an email or phone call and we can chat further. I look forward to hearing from you.
  • Tina Martin
    commented 2022-08-17 21:54:09 -0400
  • Adrian Cole
    commented 2022-07-28 10:21:34 -0400
    Hi there, I’m writing a piece about the GOP candidates for Gov, and their support of Line 5. Could I get a comment from you guys? Anything over email is fine, or if a phone call is more convenient, that’s also fine. Its seems like all the candidates think Line 5 is essential and minimize the environmental risks. I’m looking at the risks vs benefits, the tribal response to Line 5, problems with the tunnel project and anything else you feel pertinent. Many thanks
  • Amanda Jo Robinson
    commented 2022-07-26 19:59:13 -0400
    I was wondering if Oil and Water Don’t Mix can post a new event link for the Pipe Out Paddle Up Sept 2, 2022 on Saturday morning.
  • Meredith McGehee
    commented 2022-07-19 10:54:54 -0400
    I am on the email list of the Cheboygan Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has posted a message from Enbridge seeking local businesses to be added to “The List”.

    Here’s some of the text from their post: "Enbridge is building a list of local Michigan businesses and service providers that would like to support our contractors in building the Great Lakes Tunnel. Are you interested in getting on the list for this project? If you would like your business to be included on the list and considered for work on the project, please send an email to: [email protected] While contractors are not currently accepting proposals from local businesses, Enbridge is compiling this list of businesses and their services to help potential contractors understand local options as they prepare their proposals for the project. "

    I believe that this implies that Enbridge and its contractors have the support of the local business community, and they will use this information in the future as a P.R. stunt. I am dubious.
  • Steve Gold
    commented 2022-05-26 09:44:59 -0400
    Why aren’t you sending your Boycott the Enbridge Reception message to Michigan Congressperson Andy Levin?
  • Jeannine Palms
    commented 2022-04-13 14:52:57 -0400
    How do I make a gift donation – in the name of friends who just married?
  • Nancy Stencil
    commented 2022-03-01 16:11:42 -0500
    If there is anything you would like to have shared, I publish Middle Wisconsin News online, and would love to be able to share with our readers. If there is anyone else out there writing letters, please feel free to contact me! If you have anything, please send to [email protected]
  • Janet MacGillivray
    commented 2022-02-20 12:09:42 -0500
    Hello, Terri Wilkerson recommended me to you. I founded an org called Seeding Sovereignty and I was looking to connect with someone there about Line 5. We also have a robust social media presence and would be happy to amplify your efforts. If you would like us to sign on to support, please let me know. I hope to hear from someone soon and thank you for all you do. I have already signed up for the email list separately.

  • Dan Garduno
    commented 2022-02-12 09:04:47 -0500
    The Drop Of Water ( Water Protector Necklaces)

    Greetings and Namaste’.

    My name is Dan Garduno, I am known as Dan “TheGlassman” from The Drop Of Water. I am a Water Protector. I am also a humanitarian, an activist, an artist, and a musician, and have dedicated my life and my glass art to help raise awareness and to teach others the importance of water for life and for generations to come. During Standing Rock, I created The Drop Of Water in November of 2016, and then after, The Drop Of Water was given special permission to be worn as part of their regalia by 17 individuals of the Pueblo Enchantment Dancers during the Special Presentation of the Buffalo Dance at the Gathering Of Nations PowWow in 2017. After that ceremonial dance, I realized my friends from the Pueblo Enchantment Dancers were only a small group of individuals who were joined together with all 19 New Mexico Pueblos and close to 200-300 other individual dancers and singers. I felt it in my heart, they all deserved to be honored with The Drop Of Water as well, to thank them for the Buffalo Dance and for honoring Creator’s water and the hundreds of thousands of individuals standing together at Standing Rock.

    2 days later at San Felipe Feast Day, I met and gifted Orlando Cruz who had come down from Pueblo Camp at Standing Rock, and he and several others presented the Gathering of Nations Committee with a sacred staff from Standing Rock. Orlando mentioned 7 other Water Protectors who he knew were there in San Felipe, so I gave him 7 more drops so he could have the honor of gifting them. That is where he and I joined together and started gifting all 80 individuals he could remember being with him at Pueblo Camp, and then we started gifting so many other individual from the front lines, from on the bridge, those who fed all the individuals in the kitchens, as well as the sacred fire keepers, individual celebrities and musicians, and thousands of more individuals. Orlando and I vowed to continue honoring and thanking Water Protectors with The Drop Of Water for as long as we can. Eventually he moved on to other goals and aspirations, but I personally have continued this devotional service work to keep my promise to continue to gift as many Water Protectors from around the world, as I can.

    Since then, I began selling them for $10 to other individuals who want to support my efforts, so I can continue to afford to make and gift these out of pocket. I have also found several retail locations that have helped to spread the awareness, as well as help me gift out more drops to more Water Protectors.

    I offer The Drop Of Water to them at wholesale for $5 ea, or a minimum order of 20/$100. If the individual retailer would like to help me gift other Water Protectors, I always donate additional drops for them to gift out at their own discretion. Over 3,500 have been made and gifted out so far! And about half as many have been made and sold. As of this year, 2022, I am currently seeking 2 retail locations in each of the 50 US States so we can spread the love and awareness even further!

    I would love your help and suggestions!

    Do you know a retail location, store, shop, or even individual vendor or distributor who would be perfect for The Drop Of Water?

    Or would you personally like to resell in your online shop? I see Oil and Water Don’t Mix have an online store and this could be a perfect match up!

    You may email me at [email protected]

    Thank you for your time and consideration!

    Dan “TheGlassman”

    The Drop Of Water

    “Water Is Life… Every Drop Counts!”

    or msg at www.Facebook.com/TheDropOfWater
  • Chelsea Fairbank
    commented 2021-12-04 09:27:49 -0500
    Hello, My name is Chelsea Fairbank and I am currently writing a book about Line 3 & Line 5. I would love the opportunity to speak with people from your organization regarding Line 5 if possible. I will be in Michigan next week and can stop by the Lansing office, if that is convenient for you.

    I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you.


    Chelsea Fairbank
  • Ryan Seifferlein
    commented 2021-11-14 11:28:22 -0500
    Hello, I work for a nonpartisan voter education organization called Turn Up Turnout through the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. I’d like to do some voter education on this topic and am inquiring to see if there is anyone that may be able to virtually join us in the Winter 2022 semester to give some insight into the importance of shutting this pipeline down and how students can better get involved and how their vote can help with this.
  • Paul Myers
    commented 2021-11-13 13:20:47 -0500
    Please issue a response to Mr. Hayes’s article last week in the Wall Street Journal. Very one-sided.
  • Allan Shelley
    commented 2021-10-14 22:23:18 -0400
    I plan onpicketing the EnBridge H in 2 weeks. May I use some of your data rgarding how unsafe Line 5 is?
  • Thomas Anderson
    commented 2021-10-06 18:08:10 -0400
    You are ineffictively approaching this from a substantive cause-effect standpoint — that is plainly precluded by the treaty. The resolution is to be found by demanding STRICT LEGAL COMPLIANCE with the formalistic language of the treaty. It says what it means, and means what it says.

    Argue this: “PIPE: II. A hollow cylinder or tube through which something may pass…” Oxford English Discionary. By definition, a hollow cylinder with holes in it is not a “line of pipes” when less than all of the contents do not “pass” through it. Instead, it is a harmful object not contemplated by the treaty. Line 5 is no longer a “line of pipes.”

    In all cases, the origin of the word PIPE is the musical wind instrument. For demonstration before a tribunal, take a wind instrument, drill a bunch of random holes in it. First play an undrilled pipe, and show how well it sounds. Next play the drilled pipe, and explain why it sounds so badly. Then point out that the drilled instrument no longer functions as a pipe. Thus, no longer being a pipe, Line 5 cannot be covered by the treaty — which only pertains to a line of pipes which transport virtually ALL the matertial which enters. Is a car really a car, when there is no air in the tires? At what point does scrap metal stop being a car?

    This is how liberal capitalists operate, by redefining things. Capitalists do not conserve, they liberally waste, to take equitable value by the most easy manner possible at the expense of everything else.
  • Kevin Kamps
    commented 2021-09-02 20:10:44 -0400
    Hi Oil & Water Don’t Mix,

    Ann Rogers at NMEAC directed me to the website to add my organization, Beyond Nuclear, as a member of your coalition. I could very likely get other groups I’m affiliated with to do the same. Please let me know how to do this. Thanks!

    Kevin Kamps

    Radioactive Waste Specialist, Beyond Nuclear

    Board of Directors Member, Don’t Waste Michigan, Kalamazoo/Lake Michigan Chapter

    Advisory Board Member, Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination
  • Kevin Kamps
    commented 2021-09-01 15:11:10 -0400
    Hi. Can I info. table this Saturday at the Water Is Life Festival? I am with Beyond Nuclear and Don’t Waste Michigan. Our focus is protecting the Great Lakes against nuclear power, radioactive waste, and radiation risks. Thanks!

    —-Kevin Kamps, 240-462-3216, [email protected]
  • Roger Sheldon
    commented 2021-08-30 01:12:05 -0400
    Hello, My name is Roger Sheldon – I work as a ghostwriter, photographer, and marketer for some 501c3 organizations and for an environmentally concerned gallery along Lake Huron. I have spend my entire life on there shores of the Great Lakes – and I mean literally on the shores; from their frozen tunnels formed in winter to the frigid early summer swims, to the warm late summer water and brisk early autumn winds to the late autumn gales. It frustrates me how little the wonder and bounty the lakes have provided, do provide, and could continue to (indefinitely with modest planning and restraint). An entire culture grew to mammoth significance, novelty, rarity, and depth during the rush of shipping opportunities, sailors, ships, and wrecks occupied millions on a freshwater sea capable of claiming remarkable casualties – and yet this culture, like the rare ecosystem that inspired it, has been under-appreciated and decimated – like the flora, the fauna, and the water purity of the lakes. Part of the problem is the historical misuse of the resource primarily through the dilution is the solution mentality – the exploitation of water as a finite and disposable resource; using the immense freshwater of the lakes to operate chemical plants, accommodate the timber industry, float large cargo vessels to and from destinations in the midwest breadbasket to The Atlantic, the gulf, to Eastern Canada, etc. The lakes are a one-of-a-kind feature that is valuable simply for it’s novelty, beauty, and purity – and we are losing the opportunity to really maintain the lake’s viability through invasive species introduction, historical over-fishing and killing of native fish stocks, and the gradual pollution with pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, medications, etc… Rather than abuse the lakes, it would be most wise to utilize them in the pursuit of preserving them – and stop selling the water to Coke and Nestle for less than citizens of the state! OMG, this state’s natural resources have been so absurdly squandered. It is so frustrating.
    I have been establishing with the ownership of the gallery I work with a concept whereas we could encourage customers to donate to the Line 5 cause – obviously any solution that results in a scenario where Michigan and Huron aren’t potentially entirely wiped out as a resource and biologically in a single event, with Eerie and Ontario, along with numerous rivers, Lake Saint Clair, the entire Saint Lawrence becoming hazardous because of Canadian oil needs superseding all logic – embridge has already proven they will not maintain their resources, and have already caused the largest inland oil spill to date, letting them continue to do this is lunacy, and it’s urgent. I tell people about this all of the time. So, the question is, would it be possible to setup something like a “donate $1” type drive as is done at a lot of fast food joints and grocery stores, but this would be at a lakeshore giftshop and art gallery – but the visiting demographics should be highly receptive given a good portion arrive by boat. Further, I have been wanting to incorporate the Line 5 cause into some of the environmental causes the 501C3 I primarily work with focuses on… In addition, I could help draw more attention through simply partnering with a collective of charity organizations dedicated to sincere press, pragmatic government, and rational environmental policy… It could benefit your visibility. I would be so sick if I discovered there was an oil spill on Huron/Michigan. OMG. it’s disgusting to imagine.

    Let me know the feasibility and openness/logistics to engineering the above into a reality and partnership between myself, the entities I work with, and the cause of ending the utterly obnoxious risk that is line 5.

    excuse me – I just get so saddened and frustrated by this – it is so shortsighted that Line 5 still exists as an active pipeline; it’s just insanity.

    Thank you,

    -Roger Sheldon
  • Maya Aronoff
    commented 2021-08-20 16:08:27 -0400
    Hi there! I’m writing as someone who grew up in MI and is trying to return to the state to join this fight. I was wondering if I could speak to someone from your organization about the status quo of the fight against Line 5, the role of the Army Corps ongoing environmental impact research, and the current timeline of the fight. My email is [email protected] and my number is 5172156791
  • John Donabedian
    commented 2021-08-16 11:04:41 -0400
    I don’t want to sound like a fear monger, but it just dawned on me that we may be missing one of the most dangerous risks that a oil pipeline or tunnel poses to the Great Lakes and US national security. My concern is that as fresh water becomes more scarce and valuable as a natural resource it also becomes an obvious terrorist target. Having an oil line intertwined with the Great Lakes becomes the means to destroy this valuable natural resource. I don’t like to spread fear, but in this case the fear of a viable terrorist plot to rob us of such a valuable resource might be the motivating tool for people to wise up about not mixing oil with water.

    Neo conservatives having been playing the fear card very successfully since 9/11, maybe it’s time we leverage the fear of putting a terrorist target in our Great Lakes to wake people up to the stupid risks Enbridge wants to expose us to.
  • Rebecca Terpening
    commented 2021-08-06 23:30:10 -0400
    MISolidarity is organizing a Progressive Solidarity Summit on October 2nd 2021. We’re inviting people and organizations to join us for a day of meeting and networking with progressives from across Michigan, cool speakers, and awesome entertainment. We would like the focus for this year’s event to be on Environmental issues in Michigan.

    Growing strong social networks across the progressive and leftist communities in Michigan is a critical step towards building real, resilient, and lasting political power in our state and across our country.

    Join us on October 2nd 2021 to meet progressives from across the state, learn about progressive organizations, enjoy a full program of speakers and entertainment, while growing your knowledge, networks, and communities. We’ll announce the full program once it’s finalized – watch this space:


    If you are interested in sponsoring this event or setting up a table at it, please email [email protected]

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