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Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands ? Fighting to stop tar sands infrastructure in the Great Lakes region Home About Who Are We? Our Actions Campaigns 48217 Enbridge Bike the Line Donate to Support the CATS!! Buy Merch Contact Search View full post MI CATS Respond To AG Schuette’s ‘Attack’ Claim Statements made by Attorney General (AG) Schuette’s spokeswoman Bitely stating that Earth First! and MICATS were trying to “break down” the AG’s residence door and “attacking” the home are not true. It is obvious that … View full post Demonstration at Home of Michigan Attorney General Due to Lack of Action on Enbridge Line 5 Midland, MI – Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 1:30pm – Over 60 demonstrators arrived at the home of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette earlier this afternoon to demand that Schuette take immediate action to shut down … View full post Release: State’s Response on Enbridge Line 5 Violations Woefully Inadequate Groups demand immediate, meaningful legal action on company’s easement violations April 29, 2016 — the meek response by Michigan’s top leaders to clear violations of Enbridge Energy Partners’ easement agreement with the state deepens concerns … View full post Earth First! Rendezvous in the Great Lakes Basin this Summer! Members of MICATS have joined forces with our friends in Fen Valley Earth First! to help organize the 2016 Earth First! Round River Rendezvous. The Rendezvous (rondy) is going to be held June 29th-July 7th … View full post Dear MI DEQ, Don’t Let Enbridge Off the Hook The MI DEQ is planning on approving a Non Further Action for the 2010 Kalamazoo River Spill. They are accepting public comment. So we put together a statement of opposition. Dear Chris Lantinga and … MI CATS Respond To AG Schuette’s ‘Attack’ ClaimDemonstration at Home of Michigan Attorney General Due to Lack of Action on Enbridge Line 5Release: State’s Response on Enbridge Line 5 Violations Woefully InadequateEarth First! Rendezvous in the Great Lakes Basin this Summer!Dear MI DEQ, Don’t Let Enbridge Off the Hook Jul 10 MI CATS Respond To AG Schuette’s ‘Attack’ Claim Categories: Uncategorized Statements made by Attorney General (AG) Schuette’s spokeswoman Bitely stating that Earth First! and MICATS were trying to “break down” the AG’s residence door and “attacking” the home are not true. It is obvious that these statements were made to deliberately mislead the public in an attempt to make the Attorney General look like the victim when in reality the victims are those living along Line 5 who are living under constant danger by Schuette’s inaction. The police arrived at Attorney General Schuette’s home within minutes of our arrival and stayed with the demonstrators the entire time. We knocked on the AG’s door as we arrived, which nobody answered and carried out our demonstration on the sidewalk. A trumpet and accordions were played, and some danced on his lawn. We handed out informational sheets about Line 5 to neighbors, who told us that no one was home at the residence. We left a banner demanding “Shut Down Line 5” which was hung from two trees, “Pipelines spill” was spelled with chocolate syrup, and glitter was scattered around the property. We put up cardboard tombstones saying “RIP Great Lakes Wildlife” and other statements you can see in the video. There was music, dancing children, and chants holding the AG responsible for his inaction to protect the Great Lakes. With many cops at the residence, forty demonstrators, and no arrests, we felt our strong statement was made. Mischaracterizing the demonstration as an “attack” is in reality just an attack on those calling out Schuette for not taking action to shut down the pipeline. Video of the Demonstration: Schuette is directly responsible for the ticking time bomb beneath the Great Lakes. The AG has had ample time to shut down Line 5. As Schuette continues to drag his feet we can only ask nicely so many times. Apparently Schuette is going to keep hiding the fact that he is personally responsible by slandering the people who showed up to the home demo. It is irresponsible and dishonest to mischaracterize the demonstration and flat-out lie about the actions taken. Schuette has proved he is irresponsible in regards to Line 5 and dishonest in regards to relaying facts to the public. [For more information read the original press release.] This post has no tag Leave comment Jul 08 Demonstration at Home of Michigan Attorney General Due to Lack of Action on Enbridge Line 5 Categories: Uncategorized Midland, MI – Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 1:30pm – Over 60 demonstrators arrived at the home of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette earlier this afternoon to demand that Schuette take immediate action to shut down the Enbridge oil pipeline Line 5. Demonstrators from Earth First! hung a massive banner between two trees in Schuette’s front lawn that read “No Line 5: Pipelines Equal Ecocide.” Others in the crowd chanted, held banners, and held a mock funeral for Enbridge. Down the street another group hung a massive banner that completely covered two billboards which read “No Line 5 Pipeline”. By the end of the action over 20 police cars had assembled to harass the protesters into ending the actions. The protesters are demanding that Schuette use his authority under the Public Trust Doctrine, Article 10, and shut down Line 5 immediately in order to protect the Great Lakes. Line 5 is a 63-year-old crude oil pipeline that runs across the Straits of Mackinac, west of the Mackinac Bridge. The pipeline is directly exposed to freshwater for 5 miles and crosses through 11 tributaries in the lower peninsula. Studies by David Schwab, an expert on hydrodynamics at the University of Michigan, show that up to 720 miles of Michigan’s shoreline would be at risk if Line 5 leaked. The pipeline is owned & operated by Enbridge, whose crude oil pipeline 6B ruptured in 2010, resulting in 1 million gallons of diluted bitumen spilling into the Kalamazoo River. Last April, an environmental coalition of over 20 environmental groups sent Attorney General Schuette a letter detailing multiple ways in which Line 5 is operating illegally, in violation of its 1953 Easement with the State of Michigan. Despite this, Schuette continues to delay action on the pipeline, citing the desire to wait for a risk and alternatives analysis for the pipeline to be completed, which is expected to take months to years. Additionally, the every tribe whose territory is occupied by the state of Michigan has demanded that the pipeline be shut down meaning that its continuing operation is a direct attack on tribal sovereignty. “Schuette knows Line 5 poses an immediate risk to the Great Lakes each day it is allowed to continue to operate,” says Plantain, an organizer with Earth First! “and yet he’s choosing to stall for another 1-2 years. Schuette is directly threatening all of life in our region and is putting us all at risk and we are going to bring the fight to his front lawn until he is...