The Crude Facts- Line 5

We are proud to be associated with Patagonia, Bell’s Brewery, Brewery Vivant, and many other great businesses, in the Great Lakes Business Network in our efforts to shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinaw.  Line 5 is owned by Enbridge and is beyond its useful life.  If a spill were to occur in the Straits, it would have a negative effect on the environment and the local businesses that are tied to clean water in the Great Lakes.

As a company, we feel it is important to make a commitment to the communities we serve.  We believe, that as we benefit from a healthy environment we should help to ensure that it stays that way.  That’s why we donate to the preservation and improvement of Michigan’s wild fisheries and this cause falls within our commitment.

Why has Werkman Outfitters lent its support.  Here is our statement:

“Being from southwest Michigan, we saw the ecological and economic damage that occurred as result of Enbridge’s Line 6 B spill in the Kalamazoo River. Although the clean up has restored the habitat we feel a spill in the Straits would be far worse and more difficult to clean up.  For us, having a healthy wild fishery in the Great Lakes is critical to our livelihood. If a spill were to occur it will effect wild populations of salmon, steelhead and trout not only in the Straits, but as they are migratory, through out the Lake Michigan / Lake Huron basin. In addition, the native smallmouth bass and carp populations that live along the flats in the area will be negatively effected.”

Check out Great Lakes, Bad Lines for more information.  Will you join us in this effort to protect the the Great Lakes?

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