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Not So Fast Nestlé: A Citizen’s Guide to Oppose Nestlé Water Grab

What’s At Stake There’s a big fight brewing over water worldwide. From drought-stricken California, to Canada, to Germany and beyond, the Nestlé corporation is one of the key players in a worldwide effort to privatize our finite water resources and then sell it back to us in plastic bottles in and outside the Great Lakes… Read more »

Standing Rock win echoes across the Great Lakes

“Sunday marked a hard-earned victory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe with the announced construction halt of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The protest’s main message has resonated here in Michigan and around the globe because of its core truth: oil pipelines – new and old – threaten lands and waters that are vital, not… Read more »

Standing Rock decision sends strong message regarding Line 5

On Sunday, after seven months of legal battles and protests, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that they will not grant the final easement across the Missouri River necessary to build the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline to transport Bakken oil to Illinois and the Gulf.  The basis of this decision was the need to conduct… Read more »

Guest Blog: Other Hidden Costs of Line 5

“You wouldn’t site, and you wouldn’t build and construct pipelines underneath the Straits today.” Attorney General Bill Schuette [Begging the question:  If a state-of-the-art, 21st Century pipeline presents an unacceptable risk, why is the continued use of an aging, mid-20th Century pipeline acceptable?] Many compelling reasons exist to terminate the use of Line 5, the… Read more »

Betsie Bay Furniture Benefit

We had a great evening and thanks to much generous support, we raised over $10,000 with around 250 people in attendance! Thank you to all who supported our work, especially Betsie Bay Furniture, Northway Orthodontics and The Garden Theater and all of our amazing donors.

India’s Water Crisis – Is There a Solution?

India is no stranger to the impacts of climate change. Hotter than average temperatures and variability in rains have increased throughout the years. With a country of over 1.2 billion inhabitants – the second largest population in the world, with China being number one –and a major exporter of crops such as basmati rice, the… Read more »

Colorado Rules That State Laws Trump Local Bans on Fracking

On Monday May 2, 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that state laws regulating the oil and gas industry trump local bans and moratoriums on fracking.  Colorado has become a leader in oil and gas production with more than 50,000 actives wells and more than 45,000 inactive wells.  The high court overturned Longmont’s 2012 ban on fracking… Read more »

Watch How Spilled Oil Could Spread Across the Straits

A new animated video by the University of Michigan and the National Wildlife Federation shows how devastating an oil spill beneath the Straits of Mackinac would be for the Great Lakes, wildlife, and communities. The animation shows that if an oil spill occurs, oil could reach popular tourist destinations like Mackinac Island, blanket 50 miles… Read more »