Larry Bell & Beth Wallace: 10 years since Enbridge's Kalamazoo River Oil Spill
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This week marks ten years since the oil spill into the Kalamazoo River from Enbridge’s Line 6b pipeline - one of the  largest oil spills in US history. Our guests today are Larry Bell, founder of Bell’s Brewery and a founding member of the Great Lakes Business Network, and Beth Wallace, with the National Wildlife Federation and co-coordinator of the Great Lakes Business Network, which is also co-coordinated by the Groundwork Center’s Jim Lively.   

In today’s podcast, we talk about what we learned from the Kalamazoo River oil spill, and how it relates to the efforts to prevent a catastrophic spill in the Straits of Mackinac from the Line 5 oil pipeline. We’ll also learn about how business leaders are getting involved through the Great Lakes Business Network, and specifically how they are challenging Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer to step up and take required action to shut down the pipeline.   

Now is a critical time to take action.  

If you are a business, join the Great Lakes Business Network. Go to: and become a member.  

For everyone else, go to to contact Gov. Whitmer - click on TELL WHITMER: SHUT IT DOWN FOR GOOD  

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Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Miriam Owsley and Jeff Smith, hosted by Kate Madigan.

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