Grand Traverse Band Of Ottawa And Chippewa Indians Host Event To Share Concerns On Line 5

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians held a symposium on Friday.

They have big concerns about Line 5.

Leaders wanted the community to have all the information they need before the Michigan’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Board releases their Line 5 reports in June.

Line 5 moves 23 million gallons of oil per day through twin pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac.

The aging pipeline is run by Enbridge.          

They say they are working with the state to keep the pipelines and water safe.

“We’re trying to get the truth about the pipeline out there,” said Percy Bird, tribal councilor for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

A room full of people that all have one thing in common…their concern over Line 5.

“We’re here to show the world how much we care to unify our efforts with our surrounding communities and to let the people of the state of Michigan, the representatives and the officials, know of our intentions on shutting down Pipeline 5,” said Bird.

The goal of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians was to share more information for the community to take action.

“A lot of this information isn’t publicly known not that they’re trying to hide it from you but you don’t see this type of deep kind of information in the safety, issues, concerns things like that that have been addressed and came up in the research of this pipeline,” said Bird.

Nonprofits, tribal leaders and state legislators came together to discuss their opposition to the Great Lakes pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac.

“Very important for our properties and our voting, you name it, fishing, for the tourism there’s a lot of things holding on to this with our beautiful land that we have,” said Thurlow Sam McClellan, chairman for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

It was a full program with a water ceremony, youth speakers, and business leaders sharing their thoughts.

“I think that anytime you get a group of people together that share interests and views about climate change and about the Great Lakes you can start to see more positive change and more people come together and start to make a difference,” said Trisha Keller, who attended the event.

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