For Immediate Release
Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI-CATS) Flotilla Confronts Enbridge Destruction Site Undercutting the Grand River
Jackson County, Mich. - MI CATS took to the water in a flotilla to confront Enbridge at their destruction site which undercuts the Grand River. Protesters carried signs and chanted slogans “Kalamazoo Hates Tar Sands Too” to remind the public of the destruction caused by Enbridge’s spill in 2010 which is far from clean, over three years later. They held the space on the water for a moment of silence in remembrance of 6B’s failure in 2010, and to be conscious of the climate catastrophes and ecological disasters that are will continue thanks to tar sands’ infrastructure, happen.
Upon exiting the water, the protesters returned to a nearby picnic site where they were joined by members of the community, fellow activists, students, and community organizations to take part in a BBQ and listen to an expert panel of speakers including, an indigenous elder, a spill victim turned activist, outdoor enthusiast Craig Ritter, and a MI CATS member. The speakers highlighted the injustices experienced during, after and those ongoing by communities surrounding the spill zone and the spiritual and physical detriment the destruction of mother Earth has on us all.