OIL & WATER DON’T MIX
Straits of Mackinac, Michigan
This project aspires to help shape the state of Michigan’s energy future by telling stories about the state’s energy past. Harnessing the grassroots energy and coalition building to shut down the Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, we hope to find ways to continue to make visible the uneven distribution and harms across populations of fossil fuel infrastructure. Our project will thus seek ways to tell stories about Michigan’s energy past and future that make visible the experiences, lifeways, values, and needs of communities harmed or left behind by energy production, distribution, and development in the region.
“Line 5” is a 30-inch crude oil pipeline owned and operated by the Canadian company Enbridge Energy that runs from Superior, Wisconsin to Sarnia, Ontario. At the Straits of Mackinac, between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas, it splits into two smaller diameter lines that rest on the lakebe
About the Team
Jeffrey Insko is Professor of English at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan where he teaches courses in nineteenth-century American Literature and culture and the Energy and Environmental Humanities.
Oil & Water Don’t Mix is a collaborative community organization that has led the effort to protect the Great Lakes and indigenous treaty rights from the imminent dangers of a Line 5 oil spill.