Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands


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DCATS was established in 2012 as several Occupy Detroit members saw the impacts of Tar Sands processing impacting Detroit. The Marathon Refinery is connected to Enbridge’s Line 6B pipeline that runs from Indiana through southern Michigan’s cropland on its way to cross the St Claire River and continue into Ontario.


2012 Project map for Line 6B from Enbridge

The Detroit connection for Marathon stems from the terminal at Ortonville, Michigan as shown in the map above. MICATS, the Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands was formed nearly at the same time as DCATS as the group saw the impact across Michigan.

Enbridge's response times map

Enbridge’s response times map

We also became concerned with Line 5, which crosses the Straits of Mackinaw, about 30 miles from the bridge between upper and lower peninsulas. A rupture in that 60 year old set of pipes beneath the water would contaminate the largest bodies of fresh water in the world very quickly. 1)Oil Rupture in Line 5 Pipeline in Mackinac Straits Would Be A Mammoth Mess, Circle of Blue

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