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“What We Don’t Know About Line 5 — What Troubles Us About Enbridge” (August 20, 2020)

With panelists Edward E. Timm, Skip Pruss, Ian Bund, and Bryan Newland, followed by an interactive conversation


It is becoming more clear every day there are large gaps in what we know about Line 5, the oil pipeline that traverses the Upper Peninsula and crosses the Straits of Mackinac. On Thursday, August 20, we rebroadcasted parts of a new video from the nonprofit group For Love of Water (FLOW) called “Securing a Brighter Future Without Line 5 or an Oil Tunnel.” Four speakers — an engineer, a lawyer and former state administrator, a venture capitalist, and a tribal chairman — talked about the many liabilities of Line 5 and its owner, the Canadian corporation Enbridge. The panelists are:

  • Dr. Edward E. Timm, PhD, PE, Retired Senior Scientist, Dow Chemical Company

  • Stanley “Skip” Pruss, former Director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth and former Chief Energy Officer for Michigan

  • Ian Bund, Senior Advisor, Plymouth Growth

  • Bryan Newland, Chairman of the Bay Mills Indian Community

We’ll then built on their presentations with more information and discussion. The more we get into the Line 5 issue, the more complications keep tumbling out. For Enbridge it is an effort to keep the pipeline open at any cost. For the people of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ontario, these are our waters, our lives.


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More resources

• Slide show prepared by UPEC summarizing main points of panelists, plus actions you can take (PDF document)


Resources from FLOW’s “Securing a Brighter Future” webinar

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