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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

JOIN US AT TOWNSHIP AND VILLAGES MEETINGS IN JUNE - Pipeline Resolution

The League Women Voters Leelanau County calls upon the Townships and Villages of Leelanau County to pass a resolution to be sent Governor Snyder, Attorney General Schuette, Representative Franz and Senator Booher, asking them to support S.B. 880 and other actions to swiftly shut down Line 5.

COMPLETED: LEELANAU - RESOLUTION PASSED

SUTTONS BAY - RESOLUTION PASSED

CENTERVILLE - RESOLUTION PASSED

EMPIRE - RESOLUTION PASSED

SOLON- Resolution failed

Northport Village - RESOLUTION PASSED

STATUS: ELMWOOD + Board agreed to put in on agenda for a vote for Monday JULY 11 at 6:00 pm in the Elmwood Township Hall

LELAND + Board agreed to put in on agenda for a vote for Monday Jul y 11 at 7:30 pm in the Munnecke Room of the Leland Library

CLEVELAND + Board agreed to put in on agenda for a vote for Tuesday July 12 at 7:00 pm in the Cleveland Township Hall

KASSON- July 11 at 7:30 PM in the Kasson Township Hall

Suttons Bay Village- July 7 at 7:30 am presentation to Board

NEXT WEEK'S MEETINGS: League of Women Voters Leelanau County seeks support for Pipeline 5 Closure Resolutions in Leelanau County.

BINGHAM + June 20 at 7 pm in the Bingham Township Hall GLEN ARBOR + June 21 at 7:30 pm in the Glen Arbor Township Hall Meeting Room

JOIN US AT TOWNSHIP AND VILLAGES MEETINGS IN JUNE

On Thursday, June 2nd the League's first presentation to shut down Enbridge Pipeline 5 will take place at the Northport Village Council meeting at 7 pm at the Village Hall.

A committee of 15 people has been working for two months to create a packet of information for each member of the township and village boards. A LWVLC representative will address the board. League members will have also approached some of these elected officials before their meetings to gain their support. We encourage you to attend and speak as an individual after the LWVLC remarks. Here is a hotlink to the Resolution: Pipeline Resolution

Bingham Township + June 20 at 7 pm Bingham Township Hall

Centerville Township + June 8 at 7 pm Centerville Township Hall

Cleveland Township + June 14 at 7:30 pm Cleveland Township Hall

Elmwood Township + June 13 at 6:00 pm Elmwood Township Hall

Empire Township + June 14 at 7:30 pm Empire Township Hall

Glen Arbor Township + June 21 at 7:30 pm Glen Arbor Township

Kasson Township + date to be determined

Leelanau Township + June 14 at 7:00 pm Leelanau Township Hall

Leland Township + June 13 at 7:30 pm Leland Library

Solon Township + June 9 at 7 pm Cedar Fire Hall

Suttons Bay Township + June 8 at 5:15 pm Suttons Bay Township

Suttons Bay Village + June 20 at 5:30 pm 321 St Joseph Street, Suite D

Northport Village -- June 2 at 7 pm at Village Hall

Why is this a League concern and why should it be your township or village's concern?

First and foremost, second only to Keweenaw County, Leelanau County has the most shoreline along Lake Michigan of all Michigan Counties. There is no one better to send this important message to our representatives than our Township and Villages..

The Great Lakes contain 20 percent of the world's fresh, available surface water; are a drinking water source for 40 million people; and sustain agriculture, fishing, shipping and industry within its bordering states. One of every five jobs in Michigan depends on the quality and quantity of the Lakes' fresh water. Billions of tourism dollars rest on the image of "Pure Michigan." There is consensus that the Straits would be the worst possible place for an oil spill in the Great Lakes.

Time for unwavering trust in the "fox to guard the chicken house" is over. Line 5 carries crude oil and other hazardous materials under the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge has a poor track record that includes 1,244 spills. A rupture near Kalamazoo in 2010 allowed almost one million gallons of tar sands oil to leak from an Enbridge pipeline for 17 hours before being shut down.

Your township or village will not be alone in passing such a resolution. 40 local Michigan governmental communities and the 35 federally-recognized tribes that have called for the immediate closure of Enbridge Line 5, and the list is growing.

We live here because we love the water. We are also entrusted to protect it. Protection of Michigan's water supplies and resources is best accomplished by prevention rather than an after the fact clean up. This is a message that your Township or Village can send to Lansing that will only cost a postage stamp but could save Leelanau County many tourism dollars.