Published August 31, 2017
MACKINAW CITY, MICHIGAN — Dozens of water protectors who were at Standing Rock during the effort to defeat the Dakota Access pipeline will participate in the Third Annual National Rally & Pipe Out Paddle Protest in Mackinaw City, Michigan on Saturday, September 2, 2017. The water protectors will be joined by American Indians from Michigan and neighboring states and Canada.
The purpose of the protest is to bring attention to the dangers of Enbridge Line 5’s two 20-inch pipelines. Built in 1953, Line 5 travels beneath the Straits of Mackinac, the body of water that separates Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas and Lake Michigan from Lake Huron. The two pipelines lie between 100 – 270 feet below the water surface and are separated by 1,000 feet.
The protest will include several canoes, kayaks and other water vehicles to form a flotilla.
Schedule of Events
9:00 am – Gather at park (Nicolet St. & Huron Ave. in Mackinaw City, Michigan)
10:00 am – Jingle Dancers
10:30 a.m – Launch of tribal jiimans and flotilla into the water (First Nations will lead)
12:00 Noon – Lunch
2:00 p.m. – National Rally & Protest
3:30 p.m. – Press Conference (State legislators/tribal leaders in park at lakefront)
4:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. – Protest (St. Ignace side of Mackinaw Bridge/Visitor Center
9:00 p.m. – Detroit Light Brigade/Ann Arbor Light Brigade Actions
Environmentalists concerned about Line 5 say if the pipeline bursts, especially during the winter months when the Straits of Mackinac are covered by ice, the oil spill will be catastrophic to Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
To learn more about dangers of Enbridge Line 5, please watch the video below: