2017-02-09 / Letters

League says all pipelines risky; to hold forum

The the editor:

The League of Women Leelanau County is pleased to host a presentation on the North Dakota Access Pipeline on Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at Bayside Coffee & Tea in Suttons Bay. Our goal is to educate our community regarding the environmental impacts of the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This particular pipeline also impacts the sovereign rights of First Nation people. Our local presenters have been to Standing Rock many times.

The League is concerned with all pipelines as they invariably pose risks of leaks and potential ground water contamination.

Regarding the Keystone Pipeline the LWVUS president Chris Carson notes that “approving this project is a step in the wrong direction for the United States towards our goals of reducing greenhouse gases and protecting public health.”

The League of Women Voters of Michigan is part of the Oil and Water Don’t Mix Coalition and has grave concerns over the safety of 63 year old Pipeline 5 under the Straits of Mackinac. To that end, 5 Leelanau Townships and 3 Leelanau Villages passed resolutions last year expressing concern over its safety.

The League will continue to be vigilant and maintain water conservation as a high priority. Water is life.

Marian Kromkowski
LWVLC President
P.O. Box 519
Suttons Bay

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