Wednesday, August 31, 2016

GREAT LAKES, BAD LINES

Last night I got back to my hotel room and noticed a video several friends on Facebook had shared on their pages.  I clicked through and was half expecting it to be just a couple minute flick as must social media videos are.  What I instead found was a really interesting almost twenty-eight minute film highlighting not only concerns over an aging oil line but also the story of friends fun hogging their way through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan surfing, trail running, biking, and soaking up everything that is awesome about this Great Lakes state.



The film highlights Line 5, a sixty-three year old but actively used oil pipeline, that runs through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, under the Straits of Mackinaw, and down across the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and the growing concerns of the repercussion of what an oil spill would do to this pristine area.

Take some time and watch the full film.  You can find more information on the For Love Of Water and Oil and Water Don't Mix websites and get involved to support the work that is being done to keep an environmental tragedy from happening.

As a Michigan native, this hits home and things need to be done sooner than later.

2 comments:

Tom Hazelton said...

Was lucky enough to see the premier of this show at the Patagonia store in St Paul a few months ago. Anyone who's fished that water knows what's at stake. It's a lot.

salmobyfly said...

It's nice to see a front side approach to this instead of a clean-up after the fact. Like you, I thought it was going to be a 2 minute film but when some of the first footage showed Palisade Head in MN (3 miles from where I grew up) I stuck around for the full film. Well worth watching. Thanks for posting.