We’re the Southwest Michigan Group (SWMG) of the Michigan Chapter, Sierra Club

If you belong to the Sierra Club and live in one of the nine counties in the southwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, you’re an important member of the Southwest Michigan Group of Sierra Club’s Michigan Chapter.

For the latest on Flint, follow Michigan Chapter’s Flint Water Debacle page.

Please take Michigan Chapter’s redistricting survey. We need your opinion.

Urgent! The Senate Energy and Technology Committee has sent its devastating energy proposals to the Senate floor. Please contact your Senator in Lansing now! Click here for more info.

Our new meeting place, Friends Meeting House, 508 Denner Street, Kalamazoo. Click map to enlarge.

Our new meeting place, Friends Meeting House, 508 Denner Street, Kalamazoo. Click map to enlarge.

Monthly meeting – new time and place

We meet the first Wednesday of every month.

Our next meeting will be 6:00 PM Wednesday, September 7, at the Friends Meeting House, 508 Denner St, Kalamazoo, MI 49006. The public is welcome. You don’t need to be a member. Bring your family and friends!

Urgent! Action needed!

Public pressure has delayed the Michigan legislature’s ugly energy bills. Keep up the heat! Outcry to shut down Line 5 has brought tough talk from Michigan officials. Keep pushing!

Michigan’s clean energy mandates, originally set in 2008, are about to expire.

Rather than new and stronger mandates, the energy package under consideration in Lansing proposes unenforceable voluntary goals. Other disastrous provisions would classify solid waste with clean renewable energy sources and would impose new penalties on homeowners who install solar panels. This retrograde energy package, introduced in March of 2015, finally left the Energy and Technology Committee for the full Senate on May 27, 2016.

Update: SB 437 and 438 have moved to the Senate floor. UP THE PRESSURE! Contact your State Senator NOW! Residents of Southwest Michigan can find their legislators’ contact information on our “Who’s Your Legislator” page. Call, email, or write your State Legislators. Tell them to vote “NO” on:

See Sierra Club Michigan Chapter’s news release, our “Take Action against Destructive Energy” page, and our “Take Action for Clean Energy” page for more details. See also the message Sierra Club Michigan Chapter sent to our lawmakers telling them to quit stalling.

Enbridge Line 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac. It's corroded in places. It is 63 years old.

Don’t let our leaders in Lansing forget the worst inland oil spill in U.S. history when a break in Enbridge Line 6B dumped a million gallons of sludge into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo river. Enbridge Line 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac is another disaster waiting to happen. It’s corroded in places. It’s 63 years old. Keep pressing to shut it down! (Click to enlarge photo.)

This ancient pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac threatens catastrophe for the Great Lakes.

More info here and here. Public outcry – including shutdown resolutions adopted by more than two dozen Michigan communities – has prompted Michigan officials to talk tough and to demand more and clearer information.

Keep pressing to shut it down!

  • Send an email to the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force at the Department of Environmental Quality.
  • Make a phone call to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette at (866) 862-3237.
  • Sign the petition to Michigan’s Governor and legislators.

More than 35 million people depend on the Great Lakes for clean drinking water.

Important news from our Environmental News page.

  • Several updates on our Palisades problem:
    • Palisades security officers placed on paid administrative leave as NRC monitors Palisades’ investigation of reporting “anomalies.”
    • FBI gets involved.
    • Some officers return to work; union threatens to file a grievance.
    • Entergy replaces its top man at Palisades.
    • Entergy, Palisades owner-operator, seems to have a company-wide reporting problem.
  • A new objection arises in government’s settlement with Enbridge on 2010 Kalamazoo River spill.
  • Study reports rising infant mortality rates near nuclear power plant.
  • Ban or tax plastic bags? Bill would tell local governments they can’t do that.
  • Unanimous vote: Kalamazoo City Commission tells Michigan officials, “Shut down Line 5!”
  • Industrial waste discharge into Lake Michigan from BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana, is five times the plant’s allowable limit.
  • Appeals court upholds 2014 ruling, says climate change is real – and expensive!

Flint’s water problem has faded from the mainstream headlines, but important developments arise daily. Follow Michigan Chapter’s Flint Water Debacle page for the latest information.


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Coming events

Kalamazoo Drive Electric Week 2016. Saturday, September 10, through Sunday, September 18.


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