Jon’s UPDATE: After a long night in ER, finally got some sleep
at 6am…10 stitches to sew my pinky back together and a splint for the break. The pinky is broken all the way through just below the knuckle. Cops came close to taking my whole finger off! I have to see a hand surgeon tomorrow.
My leg got hit twice, not just once as I thought.
Thank you all for your well wishes, and #MniWiconi!!!
Line 5 carries synthetic crude oil from Superior, Wisconsin. The original sources are tar sands bitumen from Canada, which has been refined to a “light” oil or “high sour.” Enbridge states that “heavy” diluted bitumen, which is a less refined and more corrosive product that was released into the Kalamazoo River in 2010, does not currently run through Line 5. This pipeline also carries crude oil that originated in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. In short, much of the oil transported through Line 5 originates in western Canada, is shipped through Michigan and the Great Lakes, and refined in Canada for markets back in Canada.
Tar sands oil is 82% more toxic in the ground than conventional oil. It also sinks to the bottom of waterways unlike conventional oil – making it very expensive and extremely difficult to clean up. Usually it is easier for companies like Enbridge to leave tar sand oil spills behind and cover them with earth.
“Former Enbridge employee John Bolenbaugh has since blown the whistle on this practice. Here he speaks at a state permit meeting in Michigan for a 64 year old pipeline running underneath the Mackinaw River. Should this pipe bust, it would contaminate the largest fresh water source in the world. ” whistleblower John Bolenbough
A victory for Wisconities on Pipeline #5 as others around the world keep close eye on the two pipelines in Wisconsin the Bad River Band denies renewal. As the #standingrock standoff continues in North Dakota regarding potential contamination under the Missouri River.
“The Governing Board of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa voted today, January 5th, 2017 to deny Enbridge a renewed easement to cross 11 parcels of land the tribe owns, and Enbridge is now sending oil thru without an easement contract. The original pipeline (#5) was built in 1953 with an expected life cycle of 50 years. This is the same line involved in the devastating Kalamazoo River, Michigan spill a couple of years ago.”