James Olson is Founder and Senior Legal Advisor of FLOW (For Love of Water), a Great Lakes law and policy center based in Traverse City, Michigan. Olson has more than 40 years of experience as an environmental, water, and public interest law advocate and champion, dedicated to protecting waters and ecosystems in the Great Lakes Basin. He writes and publishes research and articles on current and emerging issues, including water, commons, public trust, privatization, water justice, fossil fuels, clean energy, climate change, water levels, Great Lakes diversions, and new solutions to systemic threats to water in the 21st century. Jim is a frequent speaker in presentations, lectures, and panel discussions.
Enbridge calls Line 5 “as good as new” and says it can last “forever,” even though the pipeline has failed at least 33 times since 1968, spilling more than 1.1 million gallons of oil in Michigan and Wisconsin, write Maude Barlow and Jim Olson.