June 12, 2013
Three Rivers, MI – On Wednesday, June 12, 2013, the Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI CATS) invited Three Rivers residents to attend an open community barbeque for those who wished to discuss how Enbridge construction has affected them and potential solutions to the problems being caused. Since the Kalamazoo River oil spill in 2010, the issue of tar sands in Michigan has received more local and national attention. Much of this has called Enbridge’s practices and legal authority into question, including their construction of increased capacity pipelines without being required to create an emergency response plan. Enbridge is currently beginning to start their final phase of construction on their new pipeline in the Three Rivers area, which will allow them to pump twice the amount of tar sands oil than they were previously. Tar sands oil is produced with intensive water, gas, and chemical resources in Alberta, Canada, and then piped through the Great Lakes to our refineries. Not only does Enbridge violate the State of Michigan’s eminent domain requirements in doing so, but it supports a larger tar sands industry that brings great harm to individual, community, and ecosystem health across the continent.
Elizabeth of MI CATS explained her reasons for being at the BBQ. “I’m looking to build community power like they are across the country in Texas with the Tar Sands Blockade. They’ve got community members together taking direct action to stop this pipeline. Same in Nebraska, same in Utah, same up in British Columbia and Athabasca. I think the people of Michigan can protect their land together too.”