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WE NEED YOUR CONTINUED INVOLVEMENT:
First and foremost, second only to Keweenaw County, Leelanau County has the most shoreline along Lake Michigan of all Michigan Counties. There is no one better to send this important message to our representatives than our Township and Villages..
The Great Lakes contain 20 percent of the world's fresh, available surface water; are a drinking water source for 40 million people; and sustain agriculture, fishing, shipping and industry within its bordering states. One of every five jobs in Michigan depends on the quality and quantity of the Lakes' fresh water. Billions of tourism dollars rest on the image of "Pure Michigan." There is consensus that the Straits would be the worst possible place for an oil spill in the Great Lakes.
Time for unwavering trust in the "fox to guard the chicken house" is over. Line 5 carries crude oil and other hazardous materials under the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge has a poor track record that includes 1,244 spills. A rupture near Kalamazoo in 2010 allowed almost one million gallons of tar sands oil to leak from an Enbridge pipeline for 17 hours before being shut down.
Your township or village will not be alone in passing such a resolution. Over 50 local Michigan governmental communities and the 35 federally-recognized tribes that have called for the immediate closure of Enbridge Line 5, and the list is growing.
We live here because we love the water. We are also entrusted to protect it. Protection of Michigan's water supplies and resources is best accomplished by prevention rather than an after the fact clean up. This is a message that your Township or Village can send to Lansing that will only cost a postage stamp but could save Leelanau County many tourism dollars.