Beth Wallace

Labor Day and Line 5: Business owners say an oil spill at the Straits of Mackinac would devastate tourism industry

Labor Day and Line 5: Business owners say an oil spill at the Straits of Mackinac would devastate tourism industry

Contact: Beth Wallace, Great Lakes Business Network, glbnconnect@gmail.com, 734-476-3586 (August 31, 2017) — It’s no secret that summer holiday weekends are great for tourist businesses.  As evidence continues to accumulate showing the risks of the pipeline at the Straits of Mackinac, it is also one of the busiest Michigan tourism weekends of the year. Concerned business leaders remind Line ...[Read More]

Great Lakes Business Network Members to State: Line 5 draft alternatives analysis prioritizes Enbridge’s interests over Michigan businesses and jobs.

Contact: Beth Wallace, Great Lakes Business Network Coordinator, glbnconnect@gmail.com, 734.476.3586  Great Lakes Business Network Members to State: Line 5 draft alternatives analysis prioritizes Enbridge’s interests over Michigan businesses and jobs.   (August 4, 2017) – The Great Lakes Business Network submitted formal comments today sharply criticizing the Dynamic Risk alternatives analysi ...[Read More]

Great Lakes Business Network Sign-on Comments for Dynamic Risk Alternatives Analysis

Dear Directors Brader and Grether, Attorney General Schuette and members of the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board:   In January 2017, the Great Lakes Business Network (GLBN) formed around a common goal of protecting the Great Lakes and the blue economy that depends on the health of our freshwater. The Network quickly took the position that Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac poses too gre ...[Read More]

Clean Water Makes Better Beer

Clean Water Makes Better Beer

Author: Shorts Beer “Clean water makes better beer.” It’s a simple statement, but it rings true for members of the Northern Michigan brewing community. With breweries and taprooms cropping up in every corner of our state, water is a resource on everyone’s mind. Nestled along Northern Michigan’s Chain O’ Lakes, 75 miles of inland lakes and waterways that flow into East Grand Traverse Bay, sits both ...[Read More]

Fighting For Freshwater: M22+ Great Lakes Business Network

Fighting For Freshwater: M22+ Great Lakes Business Network

The Great Lakes, pulse of our land. Fresh and cold and clear, it carries life to us in waves. Here in the north, our days seem punctuated by water. It is the backdrop of our cities, our playground in the summer sun, the prize at the end of our weekend wandering down some muddy two-track, the cure-all that fills our cups and kitchen sinks. It is the reason we are here at all. But imagine if it were ...[Read More]

Beryl Skrocki, owner of Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak addresses Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board

Beryl Skrocki, owner of Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak addresses Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board

Author: Beryl Skrocki, owner of Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak I had the honor of representing the Great Lakes Business Network at the March 13th, 2017 Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board meeting in Lansing. The room was literally overflowing with more than 300 people who were there to express their concern about Line 5 and encourage its decommissioning. The Board heard testimony from more tha ...[Read More]