February 27, 2017

FERC Rushes ET Rover Pipeline Approval Despite Widespread Opposition

Michigan Chapter

Friday, February 3, 2017

Contact:  Nancy Shiffler, (734) 971-1157  nshiffler@comcast.net

FERC Rushes ET Rover Pipeline Approval Despite Widespread Opposition
Approval Comes Just Prior to FERC Losing Quorum

Lansing, MI – Late Thursday evening just prior to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission losing a quorum on the resignation of one of its members, the commission approved the ET Rover pipeline, which would carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania and Ohio through Ohio and southeastern Michigan to Canada.

In response, Nancy Shiffler of the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter Beyond Natural Gas and Oil Committee released the following statement:

“FERC’s decision to rush this dirty and dangerous project is nothing short of reckless.  People across Michigan and Ohio are concerned about the significant health and safety risks the operation of a pipeline this size will pose to their families.

“Rover pipeline crosses major scenic rivers which feed Lake Erie and passes through the east side of Pinckney Recreation Area.  Crossing Lenawee, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties in Michigan and eighteen Ohio counties, Rover will result in the destruction of hundreds of acres of upland forest affecting migratory birds, the Indiana bat and significant plant life as well as damaging farmlands. In our view this fight is not over. We will stand strong supporting community safety, clean water and Michigan waterways.”


February 13, 2017

Spartan Sierra Club looking to halt crude oil flow from Line 5

Spartan Sierra Club looking to halt crude oil flow from Line 5


Spartan Sierra Club, an on-campus and student-run environmental group, is on a mission to stop the "dangerous" flow of crude oil through Enbridge’s Line 5 in Michigan’s Great Lakes, grabbing signatures for petitions and hoping for President Lou Anna K. Simon’s support with their mission.
“We have a three-fold approach,” said international relations senior Courtney Bourgoin, vice president and co-founder of the club. “We do environmental campaigning on environmental issues that affect Michigan, we do service and volunteer in Flint and recycle every weekend after basketball games and then the third thing we do is outdoor exploration, so like hiking and camping trips.”
Line 5 is a 645-mile petroleum pipeline, which is part of a larger system, that transports crude oil from Wisconsin, across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and through northern Michigan to Ontario. Most notably and controversially, the pipeline moves through the environmentally sensitive Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Michigan to Lake Huron.