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Two important documentaries will be screened in Northern Michigan just as news headlines about the Line 5 pipeline are occurring almost daily and new threats to Great Lakes drinking water are cropping up across the state. Detroit Public Television (DPTV) and its Great Lakes Bureau debuted these latest films about the environment, exploring a range of current hot button issues and potential threats to the Great Lakes, earlier this year on PBS Stations across the Great Lakes Region.
The films “Beneath the Surface: The Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes” and “Tapping the Great Lakes” will be screened at the Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 from 6 to 8pm. Each documentary is 26 minutes long. After both documentaries are shown, a panel discussion will take place featuring DPTV’s Great Lakes Bureau Chief Mary Ellen Geist, Traverse City filmmakers Aaron and Chelsea Bay Dennis, Jim Olson and Liz Kirkwood at FLOW (For Love of Water), Frank Ettawageshik with the United Tribes of Michigan, Jim Lively with the Groundwork Center, and other experts along with questions from the audience.
Great Lakes Documentaries & Discussion
The Bay Theatre
214 N Saint Joseph St, Suttons Bay, Michigan 49682,
Thursday, September 20 at 6 PM – 8 PM
“Beneath the Surface: The Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes,” produced by Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Bureau in association with Stone Hut Studios, examines the controversy surrounding the Line 5 pipeline built by Enbridge Inc., a pipeline that was constructed and placed on the lakebed between Michigan’s lower and upper peninsulas more than a half century ago. The pipeline transports 23 million gallons of oil and natural gas liquids underwater near the Mackinac Bridge in a spot considered one of the most scenic areas of the Great Lakes that is known for its strong currents between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. The film investigates who is in charge of protecting the Great Lakes and what regulations are in place to safeguard the planet’s largest source of fresh, clean drinking water now and for future generations.
“Tapping the Great Lakes,” a film produced by Matt Stinson and DPTV’s Great Lakes Bureau, asks the question: “Who owns the water?” in the five Great Lakes. It takes a look at Nestlé, a company that withdraws millions of gallons of water from aquifers near Lake Michigan, bottles it and sells it in the U.S. Then, in the case of Waukesha, Wisconsin, the film presents the question of how and why a city outside the Great Lakes Basin has been granted the right to use Lake Michigan water for its drinking water supply. DPTV’s Great Lakes Bureau traveled throughout the Great Lakes region interviewing citizens, business leaders, scientists, water experts, tribal leaders, lawmakers and environmental activists to explore landmark decisions and controversial practices, which could set a precedent for water use across the Great Lakes Region.
This event is free of charge.