About

Line 5 was built in 1953 and engineered to be safe for 50 years. It’s now 65 years old, and yet still pumps 23 million gallons through the out-of-date pipeline daily.

Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns the aging pipeline, is already responsible for the largest land-based oil spill in US history and has had over 1,000 spills from 1999 to 2013, leaking 7.4 million gallons in total.

The oil company has consistently misinformed the State and the public about the true condition of Line 5 and has regularly failed to meet safety standards for the pipeline’s condition.

Recently, at the end his term, Governor Snyder has agreed to dig a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac to house Line 5. This plan is not a solution. It leaves a looming catastrophe in the water for another 5 to 10 years.

Is it worth the risk? Let’s not find out.

The next Governor can shut down Line 5.

The next Attorney General can shut down Line 5.

We, now, can shut down Line 5.

Who you vote for in the November election determines what happens to our water.

 
 

Interviewees in the film Before the Spill

Dave Schwab: University of Michigan and NOAA Hydrologist

Desmond Berry: Natural Resources Manager of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa

Larry Bell: Owner of Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery

Liz Kirkwood: Environmental Lawyer, Executive Director of For Love of Water

Beth Wallace: Great Lakes Partnerships Manager for the National Wildlife Federation

Team behind the film Before the Spill

 
  Adam Wells, Director   Born and raised in Michigan, Adam Wells is a photographer and filmmaker now living on a boat in Seattle, WA. He thinks you should really care about protecting the Great Lakes and the communities that rely on the them.

Adam Wells, Director

Born and raised in Michigan, Adam Wells is a photographer and filmmaker now living on a boat in Seattle, WA. He thinks you should really care about protecting the Great Lakes and the communities that rely on the them.

  Andy Cochrane, Executive Producer   Born in Michigan and raised in Minnesota, Andy Cochrane is a freelance producer, writer, and photographer living nomadically out of his truck. Despite constant travel, he still considers the Great Lakes to be home.

Andy Cochrane, Executive Producer

Born in Michigan and raised in Minnesota, Andy Cochrane is a freelance producer, writer, and photographer living nomadically out of his truck. Despite constant travel, he still considers the Great Lakes to be home.

  Sam Hedlund, Editor   Sam is a freelance video editor based out of Bozeman, Montana. He loves getting outside and finds humor in peculiar places, and has worked on a wide variety of films in the conservation and environmental space.

Sam Hedlund, Editor

Sam is a freelance video editor based out of Bozeman, Montana. He loves getting outside and finds humor in peculiar places, and has worked on a wide variety of films in the conservation and environmental space.

 
  Sarah Lewis, Associate Producer   Based in Portland and Mexico City, Sarah Lewis is never actually in either of those places. She is one half of Index, a library of contemporary photographers and filmmakers, and is most often found in the mountains or the ocean.

Sarah Lewis, Associate Producer

Based in Portland and Mexico City, Sarah Lewis is never actually in either of those places. She is one half of Index, a library of contemporary photographers and filmmakers, and is most often found in the mountains or the ocean.

  Haley Ann & Thomas C. Bradley, Graphics   Famous Charm is the creative studio of Haley Ann and Thomas C. Bradley. Currently based of out Portland, Oregon, FC specializes in branding, art direction, pattern, design, trend forecasting and color consulting.

Haley Ann & Thomas C. Bradley, Graphics

Famous Charm is the creative studio of Haley Ann and Thomas C. Bradley. Currently based of out Portland, Oregon, FC specializes in branding, art direction, pattern, design, trend forecasting and color consulting.

  August White, Camera & Assistant Editor   Working as a creative director, photo journalist, and editor, August White lives in Seattle, Washington. His work focuses on stories about the outdoors, adventure, and the intersection of environmental and social justice issues.

August White, Camera & Assistant Editor

Working as a creative director, photo journalist, and editor, August White lives in Seattle, Washington. His work focuses on stories about the outdoors, adventure, and the intersection of environmental and social justice issues.